We've talked endlessly about Miguel Cabrera winning the AL MVP award over Mike Trout, and that's a debate we're not going to get into anymore. But looking at the balloting, there were plenty of players that didn't receive nearly enough support in either league for their performances this season. Here are some of them.
Ben Zobrist, Rays. Seven points: one seventh, one ninth, one tenth.
Zobrist continues to be one of the most underrated players in the game, year-in and year-out. Zobrist finished fifth among all American League hitters with 5.9 fWAR, due in part to his versatility and above average defense across the diamond. But defense aside, Zobrist still had 20 homers, 14 stolen bases, and an .848 OPS, carrying the Rays offense this season when Evan Longoria was hurt. Yet, he finished 18th in the voting behind a pair of relievers and two of his teammates. Zobrist has been worth 25.1 wins above replacement over the last four seasons, and his highest MVP finish has been eighth. He just can't get any love.
Alex Gordon, Royals. Zero points.
Gordon is essentially the face of the Royals, a former second overall pick that has come into his own over the last two seasons. He's won Gold Gloves in each of the last two years, put together a 5.9 fWAR season this year, and got shut out of the voting. His relatively low total of 14 homers is probably a black mark against him as a corner outfielder, but he nearly hit .300 and had an .823 OPS for a putrid franchise. He was the primary reason that the Royals didn't lose 100 games, and for him to not even get a sympathy tenth place vote is disappointing. It's not as if this is a huge departure from last year, when he had a 6.9 fWAR season, 23 homers, and an .879 OPS, and finished 21st in the voting.