2011 SB Nation Awards: American League MVP

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a double during MLB game action against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim September 22, 2011 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)

There was quite a bit of debate this year about whether Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander deserved to win the MVP award as well as the Cy Young; two days ago you learned that SB Nation voters gave him our AL Cy Young Award. Three SB Nation voters decided he did deserve it, but that was not enough for a win. The first-place voting, as you see below, was split among five players, and the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista was the winner in a close vote. Both of the top two finishers, Bautista and the Red Sox' Jacoby Ellsbury, got no votes lower than fourth place.

Rob Neyer cast the AL ballot for MVP, in this order:

Ellsbury, Bautista, Miguel Cabrera, Verlander, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler, Adrian Gonzalez, Robinson Cano, Evan Longoria, Alex Gordon

Here's the complete balloting:

Rank Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Total
1 Jose Bautista 10 9 2 2 - - - - - - 251
2 Jacoby Ellsbury 7 9 3 3 - - - - - - 224
3 Miguel Cabrera 2 1 6 5 4 4 2 - - - 172
4 Curtis Granderson 1 2 5 5 2 5 - - 1 1 147
5 Justin Verlander 3 3 4 2 3 1 - 1 - 1 142
6 Dustin Pedroia - - 1 3 4 2 4 1 2 - 86
7 Ian Kinsler - - 1 2 2 4 2 3 1 1 74
8 Adrian Gonzalez - - - - 2 2 5 1 5 2 57
9 Evan Longoria - - 2 - 2 - 2 3 3 - 51
10 Alex Gordon - - - - 2 2 1 1 1 2 33
11 Robinson Cano 1 - - - 1 - 1 2 2 2 32
12 Alex Avila - - - - - 2 1 1 3 2 25
13 CC Sabathia - - - - - - 3 3 1 1 24
14 Ben Zobrist - - - - - - 2 3 1 4 23
14 Adrian Beltre - - - 1 1 - 1 - 2 2 23
16 Michael Young - - - - 1 1 - 1 - - 14
17 Mike Napoli - - - 1 - 1 - - - - 12
18 Paul Konerko - - - - - - - 2 - - 6
19 Jered Weaver - - - - - - - 1 - 1 4
20 Elvis Andrus - - - - - - - 1 - - 3
21 James Shields - - - - - - - - - 2 2
21 David Ortiz - - - - - - - - 1 - 2
21 Victor Martinez - - - - - - - - 1 - 2
24 Brett Gardner - - - - - - - - - 1 1
24 Dan Haren - - - - - - - - - 1 1
24 Mark Teixeira - - - - - - - - - 1 1
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