New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez won the American League MVP today thanks to one of the greatest hitting seasons in Major League Baseball history. Rodriguez hit .314 with 54 home runs, 156 RBI, 143 runs scored and 24 stolen bases to beat out Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez, who somehow got 2 first place votes. Vladimir Guerrero, David Ortiz and Mike Lowell rounded out the top 5.
Rodriguez’s teammate Jorge Posada, who finished the season with a .338 batting average, finished 6th; Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu also garnered a number of votes.
The award is Rodriguez’s third MVP of his career and second with the Yankees. As part of the incentive package built into the contract he just opted out of, Rodriguez has earned an extra $1.5 million by winning his third MVP. It is the 20th time that a Yankee had been awarded the MVP award.
The National League MVP will be announced tomorrow.