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