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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Updated: November 19, 12:42 PM ET
2008 MLB Awards: AL Most Valuable Player

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Past Five Winners

2008 Dustin Pedroia, Boston
2007 Alex Rodriguez, N.Y. Yankees
2006 Justin Morneau, Minnesota
2005 Alex Rodriguez, N.Y. Yankees
2004 Vladimir Guerrero, Anaheim

Only a year after winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award, Dustin Pedroia earned even more hardware when he was named the American League Most Valuable Player. The Red Sox second baseman received 16 of 28 first-place votes, with seven going to runner-up Justin Morneau.

Below, check out the top candidates. Then see the choices of ESPN's baseball analysts and contributors, both individually and collectively. Whom did you choose?

THE TOP CANDIDATES
DUSTIN PEDROIA, 2B, BOSTON

G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS
157 653 118 213 17 83 .326 .376 .493 .869

Along with leading the league in hits, runs and doubles, Pedroia was successful on 20 of 21 steal attempts.


JOE MAUER, C, MINNESOTA

G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS
146 536 98 176 9 85 .328 .413 .451 .864

Mauer took home his second AL batting title, finished second in on-base percentage and earned a Gold Glove for his defense.


JUSTIN MORNEAU, 1B, MINNESOTA

G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS
163 623 97 187 23 129 .300 .374 .499 .873

Morneau finished second in RBIs when he won the award in 2006, and the Twins' slugger was second again in 2008.


FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ, RHP, L.A. ANGELS

G IP H ER BB SO W-L SV BS ERA
78 68.1 54 17 34 77 2-3 62 7 2.24

With his record 62 saves, K-Rod is trying to become the first pitcher to win an MVP award since Dennis Eckersley in 1992.

ESPN'S AL MVP AWARD PICKS
Jorge Arangure Jr.
ESPN The Magazine

Joe Mauer
C, Twins
Howard Bryant
ESPN.com

Francisco Rodriguez
RHP, Angels
Jim Caple
ESPN.com/Page 2

Joe Mauer
C, Twins
Jerry Crasnick
ESPN.com

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Peter Gammons
ESPN

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Pedro Gomez
ESPN

Francisco Rodriguez
RHP, Angels
Orel Hershiser
ESPN

Justin Morneau
1B, Twins
Eric Karabell
ESPN.com Fantasy

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Jonah Keri
ESPN.com/Page 2

Cliff Lee
LHP, Indians
Bob Klapisch
ESPN.com contributor

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
John Kruk
ESPN

Justin Morneau
1B, Twins
Tim Kurkjian
ESPN The Magazine

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Keith Law
ESPN.com/Scouts Inc.

Grady Sizemore
CF, Indians
Sean McAdam
ESPN.com contributor

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Amy Nelson
ESPN.com

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Rob Neyer
ESPN.com

Joe Mauer
C, Twins
Buster Olney
ESPN The Magazine

Kevin Youkilis
1B, Red Sox
Peter Pascarelli
ESPN/Baseball Today

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Steve Phillips
ESPN

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Karl Ravech
ESPN

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Phil Rogers
ESPN.com contributor

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Enrique Rojas
ESPNdeportes.com

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
John Shea
ESPN.com contributor

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Chris Singleton
ESPN

Justin Morneau
1B, Twins
Larry Stone
ESPN.com contributor

Joe Mauer
C, Twins
Jayson Stark
ESPN.com

Dustin Pedroia
2B, Red Sox
Gene Wojciechowski
ESPN.com

Justin Morneau
1B, Twins
 

ESPN's choice: Dustin Pedroia (14)

Honorable Mention: Joe Mauer (4); Justin Morneau (4); Francisco Rodriguez (2); Cliff Lee (1); Grady Sizemore (1); Kevin Youkilis (1)