Orioles center fielder Adam Jones places sixth in AL MVP vote

This season's Most Valuable Oriole, center fielder Adam Jones, placed sixth in this year's American League Most Valuable Player voting.

Jones became the Orioles' highest vote-getter in AL MVP balloting since Miguel Tejada placed fifth in 2004.

He finished just out of the top-five finalists, just seven points short of fifth-place finisher Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers and well ahead of seventh-place finisher Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees by 43 points.


"Pretty humbled," Jones tweeted Thursday night. "Now time to work even harder."

Two other Orioles received MVP votes -- closer Jim Johnson, who finished seventh in AL Cy Young voting Wednesday, placed 14th, and catcher Matt Wieters was 21st.

In one of the most hotly contested MVP races in years, Tigers third baseman and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera won the award, beating Angels rookie center fielder Mike Trout.

The vote between Cabrera and Trout wasn't as close as expected, with Cabrera receiving 22 of 28 first-place votes. The Rangers' Adrian Beltre, the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano and Hamilton rounded out the top five.

The award, decided by AL market members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, was announced during a MLB Network TV broadcast Thursday night.

Jones was named on 24 of the 28 ballots -- two voters from each of the 14 AL markets ranked their top 10 selections for the award. He received one third-place vote, two fourth-place votes, seven fifth-place votes and fifth sixth-place votes, four seventh-place votes, three eighth-place votes and two ninth-place votes. Just five of Jones' 10 top-five votes came from AL East markets.

The 27-year-old Jones, who won his second career Gold Glove earlier this month, set new career highs with a .287 batting average, 32 homers, 103 runs, 186 hits, 39 doubles and 16 stolen bases.

He played in all 162 games this season. The Orioles were 23-8 in games in which Jones homered and 20 of his 32 homers either tied the game or gave the team the lead. He also hit three game-winning homers in the 12th innning or later, the first player to do that in the last 40 years.

Johnson, who recorded a club-record 51 saves, also received one third-place vote and one fourth-place vote. Wieters received a sole seventh-place vote. 

Giants catcher Buster Posey won the NL MVP award after leading San Francisco to its second World Series title in the past three years.

Posey received 27 of the 32 first-place votes to beat last season's MVP, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who received three first-place votes. Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen finished third, while Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Padres third baseman Chase Headley rounded out the top five.

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