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Mauer nearly perfect in MVP votes

Mauer MVP.pngOf the 28 overall votes for American League MVP, Twins catcher, Joe Mauer stole 27 of them to wrap up the first award of his career. Mauer also added his third batting title of his career after batting .365 this season.

Mauer was up against a duel of Yankees this season. 1B Mark Teixiera and SS Derek Jeter came in at second and third respectively, with Detroits Miguel Cabrera, Anaheims Kendry Morales and Bostons Kevin Youkilis to follow.

Mauer also lead the league in OBP and SLG and recorded career highes in home runs, batting average, hits and runs batted in.

This was a well deserved award for Mauer who has had the award stolen from him nearly every year. Teixiera and Jeter made it a difficult case, but Mauer has finally run away with one of the most deserved and most overdue awards in major league history.

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Who do you think is the 2009 AL MVP?(opinion)

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Some Thoughts: DET vs MIN, Mauer

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DET vs MIN:

Both teams lead in their final games of the season. If the scores hold up, the Twins will be involved in their second straight tiebreaker game. Last year, the White Sox won and went on to lose in the ALDS. The tiebreaker would be on Tuesday in Minnesota. If your a Yankee fan, you want that game. Both teams would be forced to use their best players and their bullpen and starters would not be well rested for game 1, which would likely be the next day at Yankee Stadium. Either way, Verlander cannot pitch either the tiebreaker game or game 1 of the playoffs. Advantage Yankees.
Mauer:
At the end of next year, Mauer will be a free agent and Jorge Posada;s career will be near the end. Mauer has said that he just wants to be sure that “wherever [he] ends up, [he] wants to be sure he can win every year.” Normally when a player says that, they end up on the Yankees. I’m not saying it WILL happen, but I feel there is certainly a possibility. Another thought on Mauer is the MVP award. I’ve said that I think Teixeira should win it. But, seeing the run that the Twins have put together and recognizing that Mauer had been out for the first month of the season, I think it’s time to Mauer his long deserved MVP award.
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My 2009 AL Awards, Your Opinions

Vote Now for the 2009 Season Awards
The Rules: Take a look at my picks for each award. At the end of each explanation, there will be a thumbs up and a thumbs down. If you agree with my pick, click thumbs up, if you disagree with my pick, click thumbs down. 

AL MVP: Mark Teixeira

Perhaps the best of the off season acquisitions for the Yankees, Mark Teixeira leads the league in RBI’s and HR’s (tied with Peña) and is second in the league in SLG %. SInce the return of Alex Rodriguez, Teixeira is hitting .312 with 34 home runs. 
Other Considerations: Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer, Miguel Cabrera

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AL Cy Young: Zack Greinke
Out of nowhere Greinke began the season with a bang. We all thought maybe it was a fluke, and here we are speaking of him wining the Cy Young. He leads the AL in ERA at 2.06, is second in the league in strikeouts and first in the league in WHIP. He may not have that many wins, but on a team as bad as the Royals, he’s amazing just to have over 10.
Other Considerations: C.C. Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez

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Comeback Player of the Year: Robinson Cano
This may be a long shot, but with the talent Cano has, you have to realize the disappointment of last season. He hit .271 with 14 homers last year, and this year has jumped to .332 BA with 25 home runs. He is also third in the league in hits.

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Manager of the Year: Jim Leyland
Remember all of the starts the Tigers brought in last season. Maybe not, but we do remember that last year was a HUGE  disappointment. This year is a new story. Leyland has brought this team up to expectations and is one win (or Twins loss) away from a division title.

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Silver Sluggers:
C: Joe Mauer
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Aaron Hill
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
OF: Ichiro Suzuki
OF: Jason Bay
OF: Nelson Cruz

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That’s where I stand. We will see how it turns out. 
 
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