Josh Hamilton won the award with 22 of the 28 first-place votes. Five first-place votes went to Miguel Cabrera, one went to Jose Bautista and none went to Cano.
Cano had the most second-place votes with 12.
CC Sabathia finished 13th, Alex Rodriguez was 15th and Mark Teixeira was tied for 20th, having received one 10th place vote.
QUICK TAKE: Cano’s season was easier to appreciate day-by-day. The final numbers were impressive, but it was the consistency — especially while the bigger names around him had their ups and downs — that made him such a terrific player this season.
That said, I have absolutely no problem with Hamilton winning the award. It’s easy to knock him for missing the final month, but I also tend to believe (just a guess) that he might have missed less time had the Rangers still been in a pennant race. Hamilton sat down, got himself healthy and still had massive numbers at the end of the season. From June 1 until the injury, he was unreal. That’s a good choice for MVP. I believe he was the best player in the league.
ONE OTHER THING: There are voters who think the MVP should go to the best player on a winning team (those voters seemed to go for Hamilton). There are other voters who think the MVP should go to the most productive player, period (those seemed to go for Cabrera). That’s why Cano didn’t get a first place vote.
The fact one outlier voted for Bautista is fairly meaningless. It didn’t change anything about Cano’s spot in the final standings.