Josh Hamilton is Super Valuable

In fact, he is the most valuable player in the entire American League.

Josh Hamilton gets to clear a spot in his trophy case for some hardware today after being named the AL MVP. Despite missing most of the final month of the regular season with two fractured ribs, the Texas Rangers outfielder compiled 358 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America after tallying 22 first place votes, four second places and two fourth place tallies... which probably came out of New York.

Hamilton had a big hand in getting the Rangers to their first ever ALCS, where he was named the MVP of that series on the road to the Fall Classic, which they eventually blew. The 29-year-old All-Star led the big leagues with a .359 batting average and a .633 slugging percentage, and finished the 2010 season a .369 hitter with runners in scoring position and .370 with two outs. Clutch.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera finished second, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was third at 229, Toronto Blue Jays homer-smashing first baseman Jose Bautista came in fourth, and Chicago White Sox fan favorite Paul Konerko was fifth.

Hamilton becomes the first Rangers player to earn the MVP honor since Alex Rodriguez back in 2003, joining Pudge Rodriguez, Jeff Burroughs and two-timer Juan Gonzalez.

Good company: Hamilton became the first AL player with at least a .359 average, 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs since Lou Gehrig in 1934. Way to go buddy!



Nancy said...

What a great story he has - finally all his hard work has paid off! A World Series ring would have been nice, but there's always next year, right? Hamilton has a lot of his career left, and he's in his prime right now.