2009 American League Most Valuable Player Award

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Voting for the 2009 American League Most Valuable Player Award by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (first-place votes in parentheses):

Joe Mauer, Twins (27) — 387

Mark Teixeira, Yankees — 225

Derek Jeter, Yankees — 193

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (1) — 171

Kendry Morales, Angels — 170

Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox — 150

Jason Bay, Red Sox — 78

Ben Zobrist, Rays — 34

Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners — 33

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees — 31


Chone Figgins, Angels — 31

Aaron Hill, Blue Jays — 23

Bobby Abreu, Angels — 23

Mariano Rivera, Yankees — 17

Adam Lind, Blue Jays — 14

Michael Young, Rangers — 13

Zack Greinke, Royals — 12

Robinson Cano, Yankees — 12

Evan Longoria, Rays — 9

Justin Verlander, Tigers — 7

CC Sabathia, Yankees — 4

Michael Cuddyer, Twins — 4

Victor Martinez, Indians/Red Sox — 4

Jason Kubel, Twins — 3

Placido Polanco, Tigers — 2

Felix Hernandez, Mariners — 1

Ian Kinsler, Rangers — 1

Notes

  • Mauer was the first catcher to lead either league in batting (.365), on-base percentage (.444) and slugging percentage (.587) in the same season. He was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection - a Seattle-based writer voted Cabrera (.324, 34 HR, 103 RBI) first and Mauer (28 HR, 96 RBI) second.
  • Mauer is the second AL catcher to win the award in 33 years, and the first since the Rangers' Ivan Rodriguez in 1999.
  • Mauer is the fifth Twins player to win the award. The others are Justin Morneau (2006), Zoilo Versalles (1965), Harmon Killebrew (1969) and Rod Carew (1977).
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