Vote: choose your American League first-half MVP

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The All-Star break initiated baseball’s unofficial midway point. With that portion of the season now in the rear view mirror, let’s look back at some players that could possibly fit the bill as the American League’s first-half Most Valuable Player.

A lot of sites run posts declaring their own mid-season awards, explaining why this guy is their choice for a particular award, but I wanted to put a different spin on this. Why? We see a lot of those posts. What I did was nothing new or revolutionary. I want our readers to decide the winners.

I came across my list of nominees based on some of the numbers. I did not take into consideration if a player’s team was in contention for a playoff spot. I know there are those that believe that should be part of the criteria, but I personally don’t hold that to be completely true.

Here’s the five at which I finally came to grips with listing here. It wasn’t easy getting this list down to five.

And don’t forget to cast your vote located on this post’s final slide!

(Nominees are listed in alphabetical order)

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  • JR Carroll

    Trout. No one’s even close and I hate the Angels

    • JR Carroll

      Beltre…. Love the guy but he’s on a losing team and he’s all they’ve got. Without him they’d still suck.

      • JR Carroll

        Sorry to say the same of Brantley

        • JR Carroll

          Nelson and Edwin are both good players but are actually the same. Both will hit for power and hit a mid to high .200. Decent defense and alot of feast or famine.

          • JR Carroll

            Trout is a flat out stud. A superstar on a team of superstars who aren’t what they once were. You pull him out of the lineup and the Angels are probably closer to the Rangers and Astros. Great defense. Great average. Great power. Wtf else do you want.

          • JR Carroll

            Nuff said !

      • http://calltothepen.com/ Steve O.

        Team records were of no consideration here.

        • JR Carroll

          To an extent I agree. Most Valuable Player. But what’s the value if your teams can’t win with you or without you? For example you take Trout off the Angels in the first half they’d be struggling big time. You take Beltre off the Rangers and they are pretty much the same team.