Hamilton named AL MVP; Longoria 6th, Crawford 7th, Soriano 12th
UPDATE, 3:31: Hamilton called winning the MVP award "an absolutely great honor" and spoke often during his conference call about how faith helped him get through his struggles.
"I would say there's a 99 percent chance that this would never happen,'' Hamilton said. "I mean, honestly, and I think a lot of people would agree with that. But it was a 100 percent chance this would never happen if I tried to do it on my own. And I think that's the most important thing I want to get across today. I couldn't do it on my own. God made it all possible.''
And he made it clear he has not forgetten where he came from: "I do reflect and think about where I was at my lowest time and how God had brought me thought that and sustained me since I depended on him."
DEVELOPING: Former Rays prospect Josh Hamilton, whose career and life were in jeopardy due to drug issues after being the No. 1 pick in the 1999 draft, added another chapter to his remarkable career with Texas Tuesday by winning the AL MVP award.
Rays 3B Evan Longoria finished sixth in the voting, free-agent LF Carl Crawford seventh, free-agent closer Rafael Soriano 12th.
Longoria's finish is the highest by a Ray; Ben Zobrist was 8th in 2009. Crawford's second-place vote is the highest received by a Ray; Carlos Pena received two thirds in 2007 and one in 2008.
Hamilton received 22 of the 28 first-place votes from the two voting members of the BBWAA in each league city and 358 points overall; second-place finisher Miguel Cabrera of Detroit received five of the others and 262 points overall. New York's Robinson Cano was third with 229 points. Toronto's Jose Bautista received the remaining first-place vote and finished fourth with 165 points.
Longoria received two 4th-place votes, 3 for 5th, 6 for 6th, 5 for 7th, 5 for 8th, 1 for 9th and 1 for 10th. He was named on 25 ballots and finished with 100 points.
Crawford received one second-place vote, six for 4th, three for 5th, two for 6th, 3 for 8th, 4 for 9th and 2 for 10th. He was named on 21 of the ballots and finished with 98 points. Crawford's second-place vote came from Jim Ingraham of the Cleveland-area News Herald.
Soriano received one 4th- and one 5th-place vote, plus an 8th, a 8th and 3 10ths for 21 points.
Another former Rays prospect, Delmon Young, now with Minnesota, finished 10th overall.