If the American League Most Valuable Player Award had been given at the start of September, then White Sox left fielder Carlos Quentin likely would have won the award. But the wrist injury that caused Quentin to miss the final month of the season also apparently ruined his chances of taking home the honor. Quentin finished fifth in the AL MVP Award voting, which was released on Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The White Sox left fielder earned a total of 160 points.
Twenty-eight BBWAA members cast ballots ranking players from first to 10th for the award. The balloting system rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third and on down to one point for 10th place. Dustin Pedroia received a total of 317 points to become the first AL second baseman to win the AL MVP in 49 years. White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox was the last to do so, earning the honor back in 1959. Twins first baseman Justin Morneau was runner-up for this year's AL MVP honor with 257 points, followed by Boston's Kevin Youkilis (201), Minnesota's Joe Mauer (188) and Quentin to round out the top five. White Sox right fielder Jermaine Dye also received some votes, finishing 15th with 14 points. The fifth-place finish by Quentin, who was listed on 27 of the 28 ballots, matches Dye for the second-highest this decade by a Sox player. Dye finished fifth in 2006 and Frank Thomas finished second in 2000. Quentin batted .288 with 36 home runs and 100 RBIs in 130 games in 2008, his first season with the White Sox. Quentin's 36 home runs ranked second in the league as did his .571 slugging percentage. The outfielder, who earned an All-Star berth this season and won his first AL Silver Slugger Award, was acquired by the White Sox in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Dec. 3, 2007. Dye hit .292 with 34 home runs and 96 RBIs in 154 games for the Sox in 2008.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.