You love him, you hate him, you can’t live without him and now he’s the MVP again.
Alex Rodriguez received 26 of a possible 28 first-place votes. The other two (apparently cast by members of his family) went to Magglio Ordonez.
Jorge Posada was sixth and Derek Jeter 11th.
UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: There are times when I cringe for my profession and this is one of them. The two writers who didn’t vote for A-Rod are from Michigan: Tom Gage of the Detroit News and Jim Hawkins of The Oakland Press.
Detroit finished eight games behind Cleveland in its division and six games out of the playoffs. Ordonez had a very good season (.363/.434/.595). But that doesn’t beat .314/.422/.645 for an infielder. A-Rod’s season was one of the 10 best in the history of the game.
Gage and Hawkins did vote A-Rod second, at least. But not picking him first is indefensible in my opinion. A-Rod hit .241 with one homer and three RBI against the Tigers, so that will probably come up. Like it matters.