American League MVP Race

Filip BerishaContributor INovember 15, 2008

You heard who won the Cy Young award, the Rookie of the Year award, and so on. Now hearing who wins the MVP award is larger than life. For me, there are a few names that pop into my mind as well as the baseball world.

From American League to National League every player wins in their own way. But only big names make history like the past, the present, and the future all-stars of America's pastime. A few guys are narrowed down to a list of many familiar All-Star faces in the American League.

Up to bat, for the New York Yankees, third baseman Alex Rodriguez. He's a player with dominance in power, but of course every Yankee fan expected more from him. A-Rod won the MVP last year, but he isn't my favorite to win it this year, but his chances of winning are right there.

Rodriguez will always be a candidate for MVP because of who he is and how he plays the game. He batted .302 this season with 35 homers respectively and well over 100 RBI and his fielding isn't too great, but next year his real MVP season will kick in. Maybe he'll break the season home run record.

From the outfield to the infield and all the way to home plate, one player comes to mind. Josh Hamilton, the star-studded outfielder from the Texas Rangers is one of the best players I have seen. Whether he's playing center or batting, this guy can really rock the plate.

After struggling with life, he got drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in '99 and tossed around the league until he landed in Texas, where his life officially began as an All-Star. He belted 28 home runs in one round during the home run derby which broke Bobby Abreu's record of 24 set in 2005. His season stats are pretty solid, hitting .304, and cracking 32 homers and driving in 130 runs.

When you think of the Minnesota Twins, one name comes to mind and that is Justin Morneau, the All-Star First Baseman whose talent has shined since entering the league. He's been great not just for the season stats he's shredded by hitting .300 and a very quiet column in home runs with 23 and also killing the RBI with 129, but also he's been the leader of the franchise. The Twins fell short, but Justin never fell back and always was there for the team.

Boston Red Sox young star second baseman, Dustin Pedroia, had a phenomenal season batting .326 and over 200 hits for the first time in his career. Don't forget what he has done for the Bo Sox by leading this team every step of the way. He's been hitting, diving, and doing everything he can to keep this Red Sox team alive and leading the division as well as taking them to the AL Championship, but losing to those young Rays.

Carlos Quentin is another player added to this AL MVP list. An outfielder for the White Sox has put up good numbers by cracking 36 homers and hitting the 100 mark for RBI and keeping the team on top of their division. However, he injured his wrist in the final month of the season and ruining his chances of locking up the prize.

It's gonna be a tough race, but Hamilton deserves the crown most. Morneau, Pedroia, Rodriguez, and Quentin are up at the top of the list but Josh is well over it. It's been a great season and who knows what happens, but one will win the American League MVP award.