The Pendleton Panther

Mauer Wins AL MVP

Posted on: November 29, 2009

Minnesota Twins’ catcher Joe Mauer has been elected as the 2009 American League MVP. Mauer led the American League in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Mauer hit .365 with 28 home runs and 96 rbi’s. Mauer won the award in a blowout, receiving 27 of the 28 first place votes. Detroit Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera received the other. This is also the second straight year in which Mauer has won the batting title and gold-glove for his league. This is the eighth year in which a catcher has won the American League MVP. The last was Pudge Rodriguez, then playing for the Rangers, in 1999. In my opinion, Mauer is by far the best offensive catcher in Major League Baseball and is also a fine defensive catcher. The incredible thing about Mauer’s MVP season is that he started the season late due to a back injury. He didn’t play until May 1.

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