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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 19 November 2007 10:38

Alex RodriguezWins for the Third Time, but Not Unanimously

To really no one's surprise, Alex Rodriguez won this year's AL MVP Award, the third time that he has won the award following wins in 2003 with the Rangers and in 2005 with the Yankees. About the only thing that was surprising was that he did not win the award unanimously. Detroit's Magglio Ordonez, who came in second in AL MVP voting, garnered the only other two first place votes. As reported by MLB.com:

Putting it all together offensively as he reached new levels of comfort in New York, Rodriguez established career highs with 143 runs scored and 156 RBIs, leading the Major Leagues with 54 home runs while batting .314. His exploits led the Yankees to the playoffs for a 13th consecutive season.

"For me, it's been the most magical and most special year of my career so far, for many reasons," Rodriguez told MLB.com. "Again, not winning the World Series is very disappointing -- that's why you strap it on every Spring Training and that's why you work so hard in the wintertime.

"But from a personal level, it was very satisfying to be able to come back from '06 and show the world what kind of player I am, on the greatest stage in the world, which is the Yankees."

A-Rod becomes the fifth player all-time to win the award three times.

Below is a break down of the voting:

2007 AL MVP Award Voting
Player, Club 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Alex Rodriguez, NYY 26 2                 382
Magglio Ordonez, DET 2 22 4               258
Vladimir Guerrero, LAA   3 10 9 3 3         203
David Ortiz, BOS   1 11 6 3   3 2 1   177
Mike Lowell, BOS     1 6 2 7 4 3 2   126
Jorge Posada, NYY       3 4 6 6 3 1 2 112
Victor Martinez, CLE       1 7 5 4 2 3 1 103
Ichiro Suzuki, SEA       1 6 2 5 3 3 1 89
Carlos Pena, TB     2     2 2 3 8 5 64
Curtis Granderson, DET       1 2 1   5 1 10 51
Derek Jeter, NYY         1 1 1   1   17
Grady Sizemore, CLE           1   1 3 1 15
J.J. Putz, SEA       1       1 1   12
C.C. Sabathia, CLE             1 1 2   11
Torii Hunter, MIN               1 1   5
Orlando Cabrera, LAA               1   2 5
Bobby Abreu, NYY             1       4
John Lackey, LAA             1       4
Placido Polanco, DET               1   1 4
Justin Morneau, MIN               1     3
Chone Figgins, LAA                 1 1 3
Josh Beckett, BOS                   2 2
Fausto Carmona, CLE                   1 1
Frank Thomas, TOR                   1 1

 Source: MLB.com


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