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Joe Mauer Named AL MVP

Well, Joe Mauer has yet another award to place on his crowded mantel. Today the Baseball Writers Association of America selected the Minnesota Twins catcher as the AL MVP:

Mauer was named the American League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America for the first time in his career on Monday, receiving 27 of the 28 first-place votes to easily beat out the Yankees' duo of Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter for the honor.

Mauer finished with 327 points, well ahead of Teixeira, who had 225, and Jeter, who had 193. Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who received the only other first-place vote, was fourth with 171 points.

Mauer is one of just two catchers to win the MVP award since 1976, with our good buddy Pudge Rodriguez being the other.