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178 H, 593 AB, .300 AVG, 29 HR, 115 RBI, 4 SB
Why Vlad Is on this List:
Along with Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, and Michael Young, Vlad capped off one of the groups of 2-5 hitters in baseball. In the first three months of the season, Vlad hit .336 with 18 HR and 68 RBI, and at that point had a legitimate chance with Josh Hamilton and Miguel Cabrera at the Triple Crown.
But all early hot streaks have to come to an end, and Vlad went through July and August hitting .240 with 7 HR and 31 RBIs. At that point, though, the Rangers will still favorites to win the AL West, and were doing so without the consistent rear-whooping bat of Vlad.
If Ron Washington and the Rangers don't get past the Rays, I would be completely shocked, especially since Hamilton's back and Vlad, who has had plenty of experience in the playoffs, could help them get pretty far.
Look for this All-Star starting again for the Rangers in the 2011 season, putting up bigger numbers than this year, and belonging to one of the most dominant pair of 3-4 hitters of all time with Josh Hamilton.
The Last Year he was this Dominant:
2007: 186 H, 574 AB, .324 AVG, 27 HR, 125 RBI, 2 SB