The Baseball Writers Association of America released its picks for the American League's Most Valuable Player Thursday, and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera won decisively over second-place finisher Mike Trout. Right behind Trout in third was Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, and Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton finished fifth in the voting. Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was sandwiched between Beltre and Hamilton and finished fourth.
Beltre finished in the top three in voting for the second time in his career after finishing second with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004. The third baseman finished the season hitting .321/.359/.561 with 36 home runs and 102 runs batted in. Beltre has hit the 100-RBI plateau the past three seasons. He also picked up his fourth Gold Glove this season.
This is also Hamilton's second time finishing in the top five of the MVP balloting after winning the award in 2010. Hamilton finished the season hitting .285/.354/.577 with a career-high 43 home runs and 128 runs batted in. He was voted an All-Star for the fifth straight season as well.