Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Today Texas Rangers Outfielder, Josh Hamliton, was awarded the American League Most Valuable Player Award today. A few years ago many people would had never predicted Josh to win the award due to his troubled past.
Hamilton was a highly anticipated rookie after being drafted #1 in the 1999 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Unfortunately Josh started to slump and turned to drugs and alcohol to relive the pressure. After a near death experience, Josh decided to quit and finally got back to become the great baseball player he is now.
Not only has Josh been clean since '05 but he has also just won the most prestigious award given to a Major League Baseball Player.
This decision to elect Hamilton as the MVP is a no brainer. He batted .359, hit 32 homeruns and knocked in 100 RBIs. He also had incredible OBS, OPS, and SLG percentages. He also did all of this without even playing the last two months of the season due to injury.
Comparing him to other batters in the American League he ranks 1st in Batting Average, OPS, and SLG. He ranks 2nd in OBP and is top 15 in every other batting category.
The other players revieving votes were runner up Miguel Cabrera, third place Robinson Cano, followed by Jose Bautista and Paul Konerko.
This award closes off the MLB 2010 awards and i would just like to say congratulations to all winners: Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto, Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez, Nefatli Feliz, Buster Posey, Ron Gardenhire, and Bud Black