2011 SB Nation AL MVP

All week we've been announcing the winners of the major awards as determined by the bloggers here at SB Nation. Like Hosmer in the ROY race, we actually have a dog in this fight. As we noted earlier this year, Alex Gordon turned in a season worthy of down-ballot votes for MVP.

Results after the jump. Can you handle the drama?

 

Num Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Total
1 Jose Bautista 10 9 2 2 211
2 Jacoby Ellsbury 7 9 3 3 196
3 Miguel Cabrera 2 1 6 5 4 4 2 164
4 Curtis Granderson 1 2 5 5 2 5 1 1 143
5 Justin Verlander 3 3 4 2 3 1 1 1 130
6 Dustin Pedroia 1 3 4 2 4 1 2 86
7 Ian Kinsler 1 2 2 4 2 3 1 1 74
8 Adrian Gonzalez 2 2 5 1 5 2 57
9 Evan Longoria 2 2 2 3 3 51
10 Alex Gordon 2 2 1 1 1 2 33
11 Robinson Cano 1 1 1 2 2 2 32
12 Alex Avila 2 1 1 3 2 25
13 CC Sabathia 3 3 1 1 24
14 Ben Zobrist 2 3 1 4 23
15 Adrian Beltre 1 1 1 2 2 23
16 Michael Young 1 1 1 14
17 Mike Napoli 1 1 12
18 Paul Konerko 2 6
19 Jered Weaver 1 1 4
20 Elvis Andrus 1 3
21 James Shields 2 2
22 David Ortiz 1 2
23 Victor Martinez 1 2
24 Brett Gardner 1 1
25 Dan Haren 1 1
26 Mark Texeira 1 1

 

Here was my ballot:

  1. Ellsbury (7.2 bWAR, 9.4 fWAR)
  2. Bautista (8.5 bWAR, 8.3 fWAR)
  3. Pedroia (6.8 bWAR, 8.0 fWAR)
  4. Kinsler (5.4 bWAR, 7.7 fWAR)
  5. Gordon (5.9 bWAR, 6.9 fWAR)
  6. Cabrera (7.1 bWAR, 7.3 fWAR)
  7. Sabathia (6.8 bWAR, 7.1 fWAR)
  8. Verlander (8.5 bWAR, 7.0 fWAR)
  9. Gonzalez (6.9 bWAR, 6.6 fWAR)
  10. Zobrist (5.1 bWAR, 6.6 fWAR)

The biggest flaw with my ballot is the absence of Curtis Granderson (7.0 fWAR), which honestly I can't explain. Just an oversight, as he definitely be in there somewhere. I don't feel like I even gave Gordon a homer boost, but my 5th place ballot was higher than any other ballot cast. When you look at the WAR numbers -- which frame but do not totally dictate my voting -- you see that Ellsbury and Bautista are really a notch above everyone else, with Verlander perhaps just below, depending on how you evaluate his huge bWAR number. Then there's a group of players, including Gordon, that can be placed in all manner of different orders.

It should be fascinating to see who wins the "real" voting.

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