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2022 AMERICAN LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD AARON JUDGE, New York Yankees

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Here are the voting results of the 2022 American League Most Valuable Player Award. Ballots from two writers in each league city prior to postseason play are tabulated on a system that rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third, on down to one for 10th.

AL Most Valuable Player 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Aaron Judge, Yankees 28 2 410
Shohei Ohtani, Angels 2 28 280
Yordan Alvarez, Astros 22 8 232
José Ramírez, Guardians 6 11 5 4 2 1 186
Jose Altuve, Astros 6 9 4 3 3 2 1 142
Andrés Giménez, Guardians 2 3 5 7 6 4 1 1 141
Julio Rodríguez, Mariners 1 3 6 7 6 2 3 108
Mike Trout, Angels 4 4 4 6 5 2 90
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox 1 2 2 2 7 5 50
Justin Verlander, Astros 2 1 1 5 3 2 44
Bo Bichette, Blue Jays 2 3 2 16
Adley Rutschman, Orioles 1 1 1 3 14
Luis Arraez, Twins 1 1 1 12
Rafael Devers, Red Sox 1 1 3 10
Kyle Tucker, Astros 1 1 3 8
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays 1 1 7
José Abreu, White Sox 1 5
Alek Manoah, Blue Jays 1 3 5
Alex Bregman, Astros 1 4
Yandy Díaz, Rays 1 2
Framber Valdez, Astros 1 2
Sean Murphy, Athletics 1 1
Dylan Cease, White Sox 1 1

This marks the 21st time that a Yankees player has been honored, the most MVP Awards overall for one club in BBWAA voting dating to 1931. The St. Louis Cardinals are second with 18, the most in the National League. Judge joins three-time winners Joe DiMaggio (1939, 1941, 1947), Yogi Berra (1951, 1954-55) and Mickey Mantle (1956-57, 1962); two-time winners Roger Maris (1960-61) and Alex Rodriguez (2005, 2007) as well as Lou Gehrig (1936), Joe Gordon (1942), Spud Chandler (1943), Phil Rizzuto (1950), Elston Howard (1963), Thurman Munson (1976) and Don Mattingly (1985).

Judge is the 12th former American League Rookie of the Year Award winner (2017) to go on to win an MVP Award, including Fred Lynn (1975) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001), the only players to win both awards in the same season. There have been 18 NL Rookie of the Year winners who also were MVPs. Included in those lists are two players who won the awards in alternate leagues: Frank Robinson (NL Rookie of the Year in 1956, AL MVP in 1966) and Dick Allen (NL Rookie of the Year in 1964, AL MVP in 1972). Others to win both awards in the AL were Munson, Rod Carew, Cal Ripken Jr., Jose Canseco, Dustin Pedroia, Justin Verlander, Mike Trout, Jose Abreu and Shohei Ohtani.

Although he has been a right fielder most of his career, Judge played more games and innings in center field (78 and 632 ⅔) than right field (73 and 491 ⅔) in 2022, which makes this the 13th victory for a center fielder in the AL. He joins three-time winners DiMaggio, Mantle and Trout along with Lynn, Robin Yount (1989) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1997). Yount was a shortstop when he won his first MVP Award in 1982. His team, the Brewers, moved to the NL in 1998. A center fielder has won the award in the NL six times – twice apiece by Willie Mays (1954, 1965) and Dale Murphy (1982-83) and once each by Willie McGee (1985) and Andrew McCutchen (2013).

This election marked the ninth time in AL MVP voting that the previous year’s winner finished as the runner-up. Ohtani, who won the award last year, is now on a list that includes DiMaggio (1948), Berra (1956), Mattingly (1986), Jimmie Foxx (1939), Hal Newhouser (1946), Ted Williams (1947), Jason Giambi ( 2001) and Trout (2015).There have also been nine such cases in the NL: Albert Pujols (2006 and 2010), Chuck Klein (1933), Dizzy Dean (1935), Stan Musial (1949), Barry Bonds (1991), Terry Pendleton (1992), Ryan Braun (2012) and Christian Yelich (2019).

At 6-foot-7, Judge is the tallest MVP winner ever in either league. The previous tallest MVP was his Yankees teammate, 6-foot-6 Giancarlo Stanton, the NL winner with the Marlins in 2017. The previous tallest winners in the AL were 6-foot-5 Frank Thomas (1993-94), Joe Mauer (2009) and Justin Verlander (2011). NL winners who were also 6-foot-5: Dave Parker (1978), Kris Bryant (2016) and Freddie Freeman (2020).

Judge, Ohtani and Alvarez were listed on every ballot.

Previous winners (* – Unanimous):

2021 *Shohei Ohtani, Angels. 2020 Jose Abreu, White Sox; 2019 Mike Trout, Angels; 2018 Mookie Betts, Red Sox; 2017 Jose Altuve, Astros; 2016 Mike Trout, Angels; 2015 Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays; 2014 *Mike Trout, Angels; 2013 Miguel Cabrera, Tigers; 2012 Miguel Cabrera, Tigers; 2011 Justin Verlander, Tigers; 2010 Josh Hamilton, Rangers; 2009 Joe Mauer, Twins; 2008 Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox; 2007 Alex Rodriguez, Yankees; 2006 Justin Morneau, Twins; 2005 Alex Rodriguez, Yankees; 2004 Vladimir Guerrero,

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