In a showdown of American League's "best," it probably comes as a surprise to very few (living outside of New York) that Joe Mauer won the Most Valuable Player Award walking away. The only other first-place vote went to Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. Catchers seem to have a bone tossed their way on a regular basis, don't they? What's that? You disagree, you say? We must look no further than last season (2008) when Chicago Cubs catcher Geovanny Soto won the National League Rookie of the Year Award (running away) from should-have-been winner Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds. Doubt me if you must, but just check the numbers. Votto batted .297 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI. Soto's numbers were similar but inferior: .285, 23 HR, 86 RBI. Surely you will show me more respect than to attem ...
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Article written by Cliff Eastham