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Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton won his first MVP award, taking down the honors in the AL with 22 first-place votes and 358 points in voting. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera was second with 5 first-place votes and 262 points, and the Yanks' Robinson Cano was third with 229 points. Toronto's Jose Bautista claimed the other first-place vote and finished fourth.

In the NL, the Reds' Joey Votto decisively claimed his first MVP with 31 first-place votes and 443 points. Cardinal Albert Pujols was a distant second with one first-place vote and 279 points, while the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez finished third with 240 points.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/awards_2010.shtml

I can't argue with either choice, though I was surprised Votto won so lopsidedly over Pujols. Their numbers were very comparable (with Pujols besting Votto in several categories), enough to split the first-place votes more evenly than they were, I thought. Still can't complain with Votto getting the nod, though.
Hamilton winning is a nice story, as he's certainly had a long, hard road back from cocaine addiction, and for a while it looked like him even playing in the majors at all was a massive longshot after being picked first overall in 1999. Congrats to both.

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    Originally posted by hayden


    I can't argue with either choice, though I was surprised Votto won so lopsidedly over Pujols. Their numbers were very comparable (with Pujols besting Votto in several categories), enough to split the first-place votes more evenly than they were, I thought. Still can't complain with Votto getting the nod, though.



I'm not surprised it was lopsided. Given that their numbers were so close, the fact that Votto's team made the playoffs was decisive, especially given that Pujols' team was probably more talented. Also, Pujols has won before.
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I wasn't surprised that Votto won in decisive manner considering the Reds haven't been to the postseason in quite some time.

Hamilton winning is a nice story and nearly the kind of ending you could only write about in movies how he literally went from "worst to first".

I think Cano should have been MVP based on a few factors but regardless, I am glad Josh Hamilton won (and happy for him) and it the award couldn't have been given to a better guy.

Congrats to both Votto and Hamilton is winning the MVP in their respective leagues.
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Hamilton: 359/411/633/1044, 175 OPS+ (2nd in AL), 8.0 WAR (1st in AL), 80.5 VORP (1st in AL)

Cano: 319/381/534/914, 142 OPS+ (8th in AL), 6.4 WAR (6th in AL), 69.6 VORP (3rd in AL)

And if you want to be old-school about it, I'm not sure how any case for Cano can be made on a team where he has essentially an all-star team around him. The Rangers could never hope to replace what Hamilton did. The Yankees almost certainly could have bought or traded for someone who could fill Cano's spot in the $200 million lineup full of stars.



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