I was surprised as anyone that Miguel Cabrera, of all people, got the lone non-Mauer first place vote for the AL MVP. My guess is it might be the same guy who voted Justin Verlander first for the Cy Young but remember, two Detroit voters picked Magglio Ordonez over Alex Rodrigue back in 2007. It’s just one of those quirky things that these guys like to do and you wonder why people don’t find these awards as credible anymore.
Anyway, Dave Cameron at Fangraphs runs down the reasons why whoever voted for Cabrera was foolish at best. Even if you just look at the raw numbers, Mauer did just as much in a lot fewer games.