Miguel Cabrera won the A.L. Most Valuable Player award, receiving 22 of the 28 first place votes and easily beating Mike Trout who had the other six.
Three Rays were represented in the voting, with David Price finishing the highest (12th). He appeared on five of the 28 ballots, with a third place vote, three sixth place votes, and an eighth place vote.
Fernando Rodney finished 13th, appearing on nine ballots. His highest vote was a single seventh place vote. In addition, Ben Zobrist finished 18th. It was the third time Zobrist has received votes for MVP. He finished 16th last year and 8th in 2009.
In all, this was the fourth time the Rays had three players receive votes for MVP. It was also the first time in Evan Longoria’s career that he did not receive any votes. And it was the first time since 2006 that the Rays did not have anybody in the top ten.
Here is the complete history of Rays in the MVP voting…
- 2012 — David Price (12th), Fernando Rodney (13th), Ben Zobrist (18th)
- 2011 — Evan Longoria (10th), Ben Zobrist (16th), James Shields (18th)
- 2010 — Evan Longoria (6th), Carl Crawford (7th), Rafael Soriano (12th)
- 2009 — Ben Zobrist (8th), Evan Longoria (19th)
- 2008 — Carlos Pena (9th), Evan Longoria (11th), Jason Bartlett (18th)
- 2007 — Carlos Pena (9th)
- 2006 — Carl Crawford (26th)
- 2005 — Jorge Cantu (27th)
- 2003 — Aubrey Huff (24th)