Joey Votto (Cin) and former drug addict Josh Hamilton (Tex) were named the NL and AL Most Valuable Players, respectively, for the 2010 season. They did so in convincing fashion, as Votto received 31 of the 32 first-place votes and Hamilton 22 of the 28 first-place votes.
I don’t have a problem with either of them getting the award, they were both deserving, but it really grinds my gears that Jose Bautista (fourth) got a first-place vote and Robbie Cano (third) did not. Furthermore, Miggy Cabrera (second) got five first-place votes. Oh well. Much like the CC-Dave Price argument from a few days ago, it’s quite moot at this point.
There was a lot of news going around in Yankeeland today:
- Kerry Wood and Javy will be offered arbitration, but Javy will reject.
- According to Ken Davidoff’s sources, Pettitte will return in 2011 for one more go ’round.
- The Yanks will not offer Jeet arbitration, and, apparently, the Yanks want him to go “test the market.” The latter link is from ESPN.com, so take it for what you will.
Fun fact (courtesy of You Can’t Predict Baseball): the 101-loss 2010 Seattle Mariners had more players get MVP votes than the 2010 Boston Red Sox.