Monday, November 23, 2009

Card #172 Now Officially Belongs to...

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Topps reserved six cards for the AL and NL award winners that were going to be announced this week. Now we know who gets card #172.

Congratulations to Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins for winning the American League Most Valuable Player Award. While he was considered one of the favorites to win the award, he had some stiff competition, especially with two New York Yankee teammates also vying for the award.

Card #172 will now be of Mauer, the Twins' All-Star catcher who put up astronomical numbers (.365, 28 HR, 96 RBI, 1.031 OPS) even though he missed the first month of the season and led the Twins to the AL Central Division crown. Mauer's win was nearly unanimous as 27 of the 28 voters gave him the first place vote (387 points, 27 first place votes). He paced a field that included Yankees teammates Mark Teixeira (225 points) and Derek Jeter (193), and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers (171, 1).

Let the debates continue. Did your guy win???


JayBee Anama

P.S. We're down to the final award, the NL MVP. Will Albert Pujols take the expected win? Or will Prince Fielder or Hanley Ramirez spoil the party for the Cardinals' superstar? Stay tuned. jba

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