Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was selected as the Most Valuable Player in the American League. He received 16 of a possible 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Justin Morneau was second, Kevin Youilis third and Joe Mauer fourth. Somebody who doesn’t grasp the concept gave Francisco Rodriguez a first-place vote and he finished sixth.
Pedroia had a .326/.376/.493 season for Boston and drove in 83 runs.
As for the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez finished eighth. Mike Mussina was 19th with one vote.
Inexplicably, somebody left Pedroia off their ballot entirely. I’m not clear how you justify that. But given the care some people in the BBWAA put into their voting, at least nobody voted for a retired player.