The cases for an AL MVP

Updated: August 29, 2011, 7:10 PM ET
By Buster Olney

We may never have seen an MVP race quite like what we're seeing in the American League this year, because of the diversity in the field of possible winners. There is a candidate for many different constituencies, from the SABR crowd, to the rival camps of Red Sox and Yankees fans, to fans who believe that a great starting pitcher is the most valuable commodity in the game.