Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton collected 22 of 28 possible first-place votes to win his first American League Most Valuable Player award. After leaving the game of baseball from 2003-2005 with drug and alcohol problems, Hamilton has since corrected his mistakes while leading the Rangers to their first ever AL Pennant last season. “It’s awesome, everybody makes mistakes in their lives and everybody deserves a second chance,” said teammate David Murphy. “A lot of people don’t take advantage of that second chance. But he took it and he ran with it.”
Hamilton batted .359 with 32 homers and 100 RBI’s this season. “It’s an absolutely great honor,” Hamilton said on a conference call Tuesday. “There’s a lot of players in the league qualified to get this accomplishment — this award speaks volumes. To be voted on by the writers, I really appreciate that.” Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera finished second in the voting with five first-place votes and 262 points. New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano ranked third with 229 points. More MLB offseason updates to come!