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October 23, 2002

Internet Baseball Awards

AL Player of the Year

by Greg Spira

It's hard to say if the Baseball Writers Association will ever give Alex Rodriguez the MVP award he's due, but Internet Baseball Awards electors voted Rodriguez his second Internet AL Player of the Year award in 2002 by a decisive margin; he won almost 70% of the first-place votes. He had previously won this award in 1996, while finishing second in 1998, 2000, and 2001. Miguel Tejada, who had never finished in the top twenty before, came in second as a result of his strong performance during the Athletics' 103-win season. Jason Giambi, the winner of the 2000 and 2001 Internet AL Player of the Years while with Oakland, finished third in his first year as a Yankee. Alfonso Soriano, who had a season not like any other in baseball history with its blend of strengths and weaknesses, finished a strong fourth, and had the third-highest total of first-place votes. Jim Thome, who has finished in the top fifteen seven of the last eight years, matched his highest-ever ranking with a fifth place finish. Torii Hunter's breakout season with the bat vaulted him into sixth place, while Manny Ramirez' seventh-place mark is the fifth year in a row he's finished in the top ten. Pedro Martinez, the winner of the 1999 Internet AL Player of the Year, was the highest ranking pitcher in ninth place, while the highest-rated reliever, Billy Koch, wound up in twenty-sixth place. Ichiro Suzuki, last year's BBWAA AL MVP--he finished fifth in Internet voting--wound up being twentieth in his second go-round. Derek Jeter finished outside the top fifteen for the first time since 1997. Seventeen of the top twenty players were on teams with at least a .500 record, while ten of the those seventeen made it into the playoffs.

Name                    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10       B       P
Alex Rodriguez       1615  294  127   46   53   13    9    9    7    5    2178   27059
Miguel Tejada         436  645  308  190  129   83   67   50   35   27    1970   17407
Jason Giambi           44  379  475  373  269  109   80   47   27   16    1819   13128
Alfonso Soriano       103  264  392  291  227  144  109   76   64   37    1707   11902
Jim Thome              41  326  257  195  168  108   90   68   64   35    1352    9204
Torii Hunter           27   54  112  169  197  136  109   85   83   44    1016    5706
Manny Ramirez          11   64  111  182  173  128  105  112  107   86    1079    5626
Garret Anderson        12   43   98  173  144  117   62   75   56   56     836    4640
Pedro Martinez          8   43   77  112  150  117   96   76   65   43     787    4169
Barry Zito              5   52   62   83  112  105   89  103   84   58     753    3703
Magglio Ordonez         3   24   56   75  107   96  122  123   97   78     781    3482
Eric Chavez             2   32   46   74   71   71   84   55   61   46     542    2652
Nomar Garciaparra       2   10   31   69   91   71   82   93   61   63     573    2542
Derek Lowe              7   15   40   46   67   68   77   56   61   49     486    2264
Bernie Williams         2   14   21   44   63   84   63   68   58   65     482    2065
Mike Sweeney            0    8   17   33   67   52   46   52   81   65     421    1668
David Eckstein          2   10   11   23   32   18   26   20   20   25     187     878
John Olerud             1    3    8    9   24   12   19   27   32   38     173     631
Jarrod Washburn         1    4    8   12   12   10   13   13   18   16     107     463
Ichiro Suzuki           1    1    3    9    7   15   16   24    6   19     101     394
Derek Jeter             1    3    9    7    9    5   11   15    8    7      75     353
Troy Glaus              0    4    5   15   10   10    4    3    6    6      63     334
Mark Mulder             0    1    8   12    4    6    8    6    5    8      58     279
Tim Hudson              0    0    2    8   14   11    6    6    6    7      60     272
Roy Halladay            7    0    3    2    6    5    4    7   12   13      59     271
Billy Koch              0    3    7    6    6    9    4    7    6   14      62     269
Tim Salmon              0    0    5    6   10    7   10    7    7   10      62     262
Carlos Delgado          0    3    3    7    5    6    5    7    8   16      60     233
Jacque Jones            0    3    3    7    9    2    8    3    6    7      48     224
Rafael Palmeiro         0    1    0    3    6    5   13    9   13   19      69     215
Eddie Guardado          0    0    0    5    9    6    5    8    6    4      43     179
Carlos Beltran          0    0    1    4    4    5    6    9   13   11      53     173
Eric Hinske             0    3    3    2    3    2    5    2    3    9      32     134
Johnny Damon            0    1    2    3    4    2    8    3    4    4      31     133
Tim Wakefield           3    1    0    1    5    1    0    2    3    9      25     114
Ray Durham              0    1    2    3    3    3    5    0    4    2      23     109
David Justice           1    1    3    2    2    2    3    1    0    0      15      98
Troy Percival           0    0    2    0    3    6    2    4    2    1      20      89
Corey Koskie            1    1    1    1    3    4    1    0    2    0      14      84
Jorge Posada            0    0    0    1    3    2    4    3    6   10      29      82
Paul Konerko            0    1    0    1    2    1    6    3    4    4      22      78
John Mabry              0    4    2    0    0    2    0    1    2    4      15      73
Shea Hillenbrand        0    2    1    2    3    0    1    3    0    1      13      72
Raul Ibanez             1    0    0    1    4    1    0    2    3    5      17      67
Josh Phelps             1    1    0    1    3    1    1    0    0    2      10      59
Omar Vizquel            0    3    1    0    3    0    1    0    0    1       9      58
Edgar Martinez          0    2    0    1    4    0    0    0    3    1      11      56
Doug Mientkiewicz       0    0    4    2    1    0    0    0    0    0       7      52
Darin Erstad            0    0    0    2    3    1    1    1    2    3      13      51
Ellis Burks             0    1    2    1    1    0    0    1    3    1      10      48
David Wells             0    0    1    2    2    0    2    1    0    0       8      45
Randy Winn              0    0    1    2    1    0    0    4    0    3      11      43
Mark Buehrle            0    2    0    1    1    0    1    1    0    4      10      42
Paul Byrd               0    0    0    2    1    0    3    2    1    2      11      42
Robin Ventura           0    0    0    3    3    0    0    0    1    1       8      42
J.C. Romero             0    0    0    1    1    2    1    1    2    6      14      40
Aubrey Huff             0    0    0    0    3    0    2    1    2    4      12      37
Ivan Rodriguez          0    2    0    2    0    0    0    1    0    1       6      36
Chris Woodard           1    0    0    1    0    2    1    0    0    1       6      36
Scott Hatteberg         0    0    0    1    2    0    0    3    2    2      10      34
Adam Kennedy            0    0    0    1    2    1    2    0    0    2       8      34
Scott Spiezio           0    0    2    1    1    0    0    1    0    1       6      33
Jamie Moyer             0    0    0    1    4    0    0    0    0    0       5      31
Mariano Rivera          0    0    0    1    1    3    0    0    1    1       7      31
Tony Batista            0    1    0    0    2    0    1    0    0    0       4      25
Trot Nixon              0    1    0    1    0    1    1    0    0    0       4      25
Rodrigo Lopez           0    1    0    1    0    1    0    0    0    0       3      21
Cory Lidle              0    0    0    0    0    0    2    2    2    1       7      19
Mike Mussina            0    0    1    0    1    0    1    0    0    1       4      19
Steve Karsay            0    1    0    0    0    1    1    0    0    0       3      18
Andy Pettitte           0    0    0    1    1    0    0    1    1    0       4      18
Joe Randa               0    2    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0       2      18
Buddy Groom             0    0    2    0    0    0    0    0    0    1       3      17
Roger Clemens           0    0    1    1    0    0    0    0    0    0       2      15
Tony Fiore              0    0    1    0    1    0    0    0    0    0       2      14
Rick Reed               0    1    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0       2      14
Shannon Stewart         0    0    0    1    0    0    1    0    1    1       4      14
Mike Cameron            0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    1    1       3      12
Bobby Kielty            0    0    0    0    2    0    0    0    0    0       2      12
Kenny Rogers            0    0    0    0    0    2    0    0    0    0       2      10
Dan Wilson              0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1       2      10
Ben Weber               0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0       1       9
Carlos Baerga           0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0       1       8
Melvin Mora             0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0       1       7
Joel Pineiro            0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    1       2       7
Kelvim Escobar          0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0       1       6
Robert Fick             0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0       1       6
David Ortiz             0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0       1       6
Vernon Wells            0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0       1       6
Mark Redman             0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0       1       5
Bret Boone              0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1    2       3       4
Carlos Lee              0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0       1       4
Kyle Lohse              0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0       1       4
Bobby Higginson         0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0       1       3
Jose Offerman           0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0       1       3
Ramon Ortiz             0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0       1       2
Mark Ellis              0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0       1       2
Kevin Appier            0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1       1       1
LaTroy Hawkins          0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1       1       1
TOTAL                2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 1677 1507 1365 1241 1089   18574  124995

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