The 2010 American League MVP race had one clear favorite: Josh Hamilton. His status was confirmed when the Texas Rangers' outfielder received 22 out of 26 first-place votes to take home the trophy.
The 2011 race could not be more different. The race is wide open, as no fewer than five players have received considerable recognition for the award.
Here are the five big names, the pros and cons for their case, and the chance each man brings home the trophy.