Josh Hamilton of the Rangers capped one of baseball’s best comeback stories today when he was selected Most Valuable Player of the American League in voting done by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
A former drug addict who was once out of baseball after being the No. 1 overall pick of the draft, Hamilton received 22 of a possible 28 first-place votes. Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers was second and Robinson Cano of the Yankees third.
Hamilton had 358 points, Cabrera 262 and Cano 229. Adrian Beltre was the only Red Sox player to receive votes. He finished ninth.
Hamilton, 29, won the batting title with a .359 average and also finished first in the league in slugging percentage (.633), OPS (1.044) and batting with runners in scoring position (.369).
Despite missing 29 games in September due to a bruised ribcage, Hamilton had 32 home runs and 100 RBIs and also put together the longest hitting streak in the majors of 23 games from June 6-30.