Despite his gaudy run-production numbers this past season, first baseman Chris Davis will be an underdog to become the first Orioles player to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award in more than two decades.
Davis was named one of three finalists for the award Tuesday night, along with Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
The Orioles slugger led the major leagues with 53 home runs, 138 RBIs and 370 total bases, and he was a Gold Glove finalist at first base.
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While those accolades likely would be enough to win in most seasons, Davis will face a tough challenge to stop Miguel Cabrera, the reigning AL MVP and batting champion, from winning his second straight MVP award. Davis lost two battles with Cabrera for MLB Players' Choice Awards on Monday.
The winner will be announced Nov. 14 on the MLB Network. The award is decided by a vote of selected members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The last Orioles player to be named MVP was Cal Ripken Jr., in 1991. Ripken also won during the Orioles’ 1983 World Series-title year.
Regardless of next week's outcome, this is the highest an Orioles player has finished in the AL MVP voting since Miguel Tejada placed fifth in 2004 following his club-record 150-RBI season. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones finished sixth in 2012.