Joe Mauer is the 2009 AL MVP after receiving 27 of 28 first-place votes. Mark Teixeira finished second and Derek Jeter was third. Miguel Cabrera finished fourth and received the one non-Mauer first-place vote. Full balloting will be posted in a moment.
UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Here’s the top 10 vote-getters. Unlike the other awards, where voters list only their top three, MVP ballots have a top 10 (first place gets 14 points, nine for second, eight for third on down to one for 10th).
1. Joe Mauer – 387 points
2. Mark Teixeira – 225 points
3. Derek Jeter – 193 points
4. Miguel Cabrera – 171 points
5. Kendry Morales – 170 points
6. Kevin Youkilis – 150 points
7. Jason Bay – 78 points
8. Ben Zobrist – 34 points
9. Ichiro Suzuki – 33 points
T10. Alex Rodriguez – 31 points
T10. Chone Figgins – 31 points
Others: Mariano Rivera (17 points); Robinson Cano (12 points); CC Sabathia (four points)
You can see the full ballot here.
UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: I’m not sure what to say about the other first-place vote going to Miguel Cabrera. Put it this way: I’ll be very curious to hear the rationale. I mean, hey, he did look pretty valuable over that last weekend of the season ….
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, the writer who voted Cabrera first is Keizo Konishi of Kyodo News, based in Seattle.