Why Joe Mauer Has To Be AL MVP

Posted: 17th September 2009 by Zeke Fuhrman in MLB
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There is no question that St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols will win the NL MVP award. Pujols, who is looking for his third MVP award, is in position to win the NL Triple Crown. He is hitting .333 with 47 HR and 127 RBI, and would be the first NL Triple Crown winner since Joe Medwick did it for the Cardinals in 1937. The more heated debate, however, is the AL MVP race. Ultimately, it will come down to Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer and New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira. A valid case can be made for either player. Teixeira, an offseason acquisition for the Yankees, has hit .286 (32nd in the AL) with 35 HR (2nd in the AL) and 112 RBI (1st in AL). With the help of Tex, the Yankees are in position to claim the AL East title and return to the playoffs after their absence in ...

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