Your AL MVP Is Joe Mauer

The MLB awards train has moved on to the MVP awards. Today, Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer was named AL MVP.

Joe Mauer, who won an unprecedented third batting championship for a catcher and helped propel the Minnesota Twins to the American League Central title, was elected the AL Most Valuable Player for 2009 in balloting by the BBWAA.

Mauer, the first catcher to lead his league in batting average (.365), on-base percentage (.444) and slugging (.587) in the same season, was listed first on all but one of the 28 ballots cast by two writers in each league city. He was second on that other ballot to score a total of 387 points, based on a tabulation system rewarding 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third on down to one for 10th.

Surprised? Of course you’re not.

Twins’ Joe Mauer Earns 27 of 28 1st-Place Votes (BBWAA)

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