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Josh Donaldson finishes 8th in AL MVP voting, Mike Trout unanimous winner

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Oakland's All-Star starting third baseman finished ahead of Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Josh Donaldson (right), with Mike Trout at the 2014 All-Star Game.
Josh Donaldson (right), with Mike Trout at the 2014 All-Star Game.
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Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson earned 96 points in the voting for MVP for eighth place, but Mike Trout was the unanimous selection of 30 members from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers was second, and Michael Brantley of the Cleveland Indians was third.

Donaldson received a second place vote from David Coleman of the Fort Bend Herald, third place votes from John Tomase of the Boston Herald and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, and fourth place votes from Tom Verducci of SI.com and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Overall, Donaldson appeared on 24 ballots, each ranking 10 players.

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Mike Trout LAA 30 420
Victor Martinez DET 16 4 3 3 2 1 229
Michael Brantley CLE 8 6 5 3 1 1 1 1 185
Jose Abreu CWS 1 6 3 1 6 5 2 2 1 145
Jose Bautista TOR 1 3 9 4 1 5 3 128
Robinson Cano SEA 1 1 6 5 2 4 2 1 1 124
Nelson Cruz BAL 6 3 2 2 2 1 1 102
Josh Donaldson OAK 1 2 2 3 3 6 5 2 96
Miguel Cabrera DET 1 2 2 2 2 1 6 5 82
Felix Hernandez SEA 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 48
Corey Kluber CLE 1 1 2 3 2 2 45
Alex Gordon KC 1 1 2 2 3 1 2 44
Jose Altuve HOU 1 3 3 3 9 41
Adam Jones BAL 1 3 1 1 2 2 34
Adrian Beltre TEX 1 5 1 1 22
Greg Holland KC 1 1 1 13
Albert Pujols LAA 1 1 5
Howie Kendrick LAA 1 3
James Shields KC 1 3
Kyle Seager SEA 1 1

Points are awarded on a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 from first to 10th place.

Local votes

Representing the local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America were Slusser of the Chronicle and John Hickey of the Oakland Tribune.

Slusser voted Victor Martinez second, ahead of Donaldson, and then Miguel Cabrera fourth. She was one of three to leave Jose Abreu off her ballot, and one of four to leave off Jose Bautista. Alex Gordon, Jose Altuve, and Adrian Beltre were those outside of the top-10 that received votes from Slusser.

Oakland Tribune A's beat writer John Hickey was the only voter to give Miguel Cabrera a second place vote, and ranked Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Victor Martinez ahead of Josh Donaldson in sixth place. Hickey was one of two voters to rank Cano third or better