2010 MLB MVP Award Voting Results

What is the MVP Award?

The Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) is presented annually to the best baseball player in both the American League (AL) and National League (NL). The award typically goes to a positional player, with pitchers having their own award, the Cy Young.

More times than not, winners are determined not only based on individual performance, but team performance as well. In theory, if a player is the best on a bad baseball team, how valuable is he? Whereas, if a player contributes to a division championship, his stats are considered to be worth more. Of the previous 15 winners, 14 have led their team to a division title or playoff appearance, including both of this year's winners.

How Does the Voting Work?

Since 1931, the MLB MVP Award winner has been voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). Made up of two writers from each league city, the BBWAA voters rank their Top 10 players in their city’s league. A first-place vote is worth 14 points, a second-place vote nine, and a third-place vote eight and so on down until 10th-place votes, which are worth one point.

Here are the 2010 MLB MVP Award Winners:

 

2010 NL MVP Award Winner

Joey Votto had Cincinnati Reds fans doing their best Styx impressions screaming “Domo arigato” throughout 2010 as he lead the team to its first playoff appearance in over 15 years and a National League Central Division Title.

After winning the Hank Aaron Award in October, Votto now owes the BBWAA a big thank you for his first NL MVP Award. It is the fifth time in six seasons that a first baseman has won the award.

Votto had a career season in 2010 and a remarkable turnaround from last year. While his numbers were good in 2009, he missed over 30 games due in large part to anxiety and depression from the death of his father. It was questioned whether he had the mental makeup to succeed long-term in the league, but he did his best to squelch those concerns with an impressive September to end that season, including a NL Player of the Week Award.

2010 Stats for Joey Votto

Votto got off to a hot start in 2010 by hitting a home run on Opening Day against the St. Louis Cardinals and never slowed down on his way to the MVP. He would go on to hit 37 HR, 113 RBI and score 106 R. His .324 AVG was the second best in the NL and his .424 OBP and .600 SLG both led the league.

His performance put him side-by-side with Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals and Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies in a three-way chase for the NL Triple Crown, something that hadn’t been accomplished since 1937. While none were victorious in the feat, Votto walked away with the NL MVP Award.

NL MVP Vote Totals

With 31 of a possible 32 first-place votes, Votto came just shy of a unanimous decision. He scored 443 points compared to second-place finisher, Pujols, who scored only 279 and received the final first-place vote. 2010 marked the fourth season that Albert Pujols finished in second in MVP voting. Gonzalez wound up in third place with 240 total points.

More than 20 other players received votes for NL MVP, including Adrian Gonzalez of the San Diego Padres, Carlos Gonzalez’s teammate, Troy Tulowitzki, Martin Prado and Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves and Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals. Rookie of the Year, Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, and Cy Young Winner, Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies, also received consideration amongst voters.

2010 AL MVP Award Winner

The miraculous turnaround of Josh Hamilton, in not only baseball, but life as well, continued in 2010 as he spurred on the Texas Rangers to an American League West Division Title in MVP fashion.

Hamilton helped knock out the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees in the playoffs on the way to the Ranger’s first ever World Series appearance in franchise history. However, the team was unable to ride off in the sunset as they came up short against the San Francisco Giants for the championship.

One of the more uplifting stories of the MLB Playoffs occurred in the Texas Rangers clubhouse when the team recognized Hamilton’s highly publicized history of drug and alcohol addiction and forwent the traditional champagne celebrations with each series victory in favor of ginger ale.

There has been no word from Canada Dry as to them becoming an official team sponsor, but, regardless, Josh Hamilton can now pop open a can of ginger ale in celebration of his first AL MVP Award.

While the injury bug did bite Hamilton late in 2010 causing him to miss almost all of September, it wasn’t as bad as in 2009 when he missed nearly half of the season. His presence in the Texas Rangers’ lineup was certainly felt. In front of Vladamir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton made a huge difference as the team put up the best overall offensive numbers in both the AL and the MLB. “Don’t mess with Texas!” became the motto of every Major League Pitcher.

Josh Hamilton's 2010 Stats

In 133 games in the Rangers’ lineup, Josh Hamilton accumulated 518 at bats splitting time as the team’s left fielder and center fielder throughout the season.

Despite not playing much in September, Hamilton was still able to finish in the top five in the AL with 32 HR to go along with his 100 RBI and 95 R on the way to his AL MVP. His .359 AVG was the best in all of baseball along with his .633 SLG, while his .411 OBP was second in the AL to only Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. Bill James would be proud, as Hamilton’s 1.044 on-base + slugging percentage (OPS) led all of the majors.

AL MVP Vote Totals

Hamilton received 22 of a possible 28 first-place votes from the BBWAA, and totaled 358 points in the process. Cabrera finished second in the MVP voting with five first-place votes and 262 points, despite leading the MLB with 126 RBI and the AL with a .420 OBP.

Similar to Votto and Pujols, the most obvious difference between the 2010 seasons of Josh Hamilton and Miguel Cabrera, and likely the difference in the AL MVP voting, was team success. While the Rangers won their division and appeared in the World Series, Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers were unable to crack a .500 record and finished the season 81-81 and third in the American League Central.

Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees finished third in the voting with 229 points. Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays received the final first-place vote and 165 points.

Over 20 players received AL MVP votes in 2010, including Evan Longoria, Rafael Soriano and Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays, Adrian Beltre of the Boston Red Sox and Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox. Last year’s winner, Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, appeared on many ballots as did the 2010 Cy Young Winner, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners.

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JordanBucher 6 years ago from St. Charles

Nice Hub! As much as I am a Cards and Pujols fan, Votto was easily the MVP of the NL. There's always next year.


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Powerful Pierre 6 years ago from Abbotsford BC

Keep up the good work and reporting on bb. ty


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bogerk 6 years ago from Midwest Author

JordanBucher - Thanks! I agree that Joey Votto definitely deserved the MVP in 2010. But I wouldn't worry if I were a St. Louis Cardinals fan. I think Albert Pujols wins plenty more awards in his future.

Powerful Pierre - No problem! I love baseball and it's great to have a source to write about it and discuss it with other fans.


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mastershops 5 years ago from Branson, Missouri

I think Votto was the most deserving. Without him I don't think there is any way that the Reds would have made the playoffs.


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bogerk 5 years ago from Midwest Author

Hi mastershops -

I completely agree. Votto was the most valuable player to his team because with him his team was able to make the playoffs, unlike Carlos Gonzalez or Albert Pujols.

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