Cano, Jeter finish in top 10 of MVP voting
Although neither was able to beat out Miguel Cabrera, both Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter put an exclamation point on their great 2012 seasons on Thursday night by finishing in the top 10 of the American League Most Valuable Player award voting.
Cano, who posted a .313-33-94 line this year, was named one of five finalists for the award last week, but he finished fourth behind Triple Crown winner Cabrera, AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout, and Texas’ Adrian Beltre.
The Yankees’ second baseman was listed on 24 of the 28 ballots and finished with 149 total points -- 213 less than Cabrera and 61 behind proverbial bronze medalist Beltre -- and was listed as high as third on six ballots and ranked fourth on 10 more. This marks the third straight year that Cano has been an MVP bridesmaid, as he finished third in 2009 and sixth last season.
As for Jeter, the Captain finished seventh in the overall voting. He was listed on 15 of 28 ballots and earned 73 total points. Jeter, who posted a .316-15-58 line and led the Majors with 216 hits, was as high as third on two ballots, and finished in the top 10 in MVP voting for the eighth time in his career.
Rafael Soriano and Raul Ibanez also received votes.
Voting is conducted by two members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America per league city, for a total of 28 AL ballots. Voters can list up to 10 players on their ballot, with each player receiving 14 points for a first-place vote, nine for second place, eight for third, and on down the line to one point for a 10th-place nod.