With ten weeks of the Major League Baseball regular season officially in the books, we will take a look at the early candidates for AL MVP.
The following five AL players are enjoying spectacular 2011 seasons.
If the season ended today, this would be a reasonably fair MVP ballot.
Of course, things will inevitably change between now and the end of September. For all I know, none of the guys on this list will be crowned the 2011 AL MVP.
You may be surprised to find that there are no New York Yankees on this list, despite the fact that the Yankees lead all American League teams in home runs and slugging percentage. They also rank second in runs and are third in wins. Had we instead expanded this list to 10 players, then Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira would have certainly made appearances.