Of 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.
- Swing Early: In the regular season, opposing hitters hit .370 on the first pitch from Pavano.
- Get the Leadoff Man On: Leading off an inning, opposing batters are hitting .297 off Pavano.
- Get ’em In: Opposing batters are hitting .311 off Pavano with RISP.
There’s one final decision to be made in the American League. At the beginning of the day, the Tigers led the Twins by just 1 game in the AL Central. The winner of this division will play the Yankees in the ALDS. Heres what happened today: