Ichiro leads long list of AL MVP candidates

With Ichiro atop the pack, seven players have a legitimate chance to win the AL MVP Award this season.

Originally Published: August 20, 2003
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

Though not as crowded as the National League playoff scrum, the American League race is plenty cozy itself.

Three teams jockey for position in the AL Central. Two teams battle it out in the West. For the time being, the Yankees haven't yet sewn up a sixth straight American League East crown. Two games separate two wild-card aspirants.

It's hardly surprising then that the American League MVP is jumbled, too. Of the seven teams still in contention, three won't make it to ...

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