Machado places fourth, Davis 14th in AL MVP balloting

Though the Orioles were shut out this year in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America awards, third baseman Manny Machado and first baseman Chris Davis gained a measure of notice.

Machado placed fourth tonight for Most Valuable Player in the American League, while Davis finished 14th. Machado received four third-place votes, 11 fourth, five fifth, one sixth, one seventh, one eighth, three ninth and one 10th for 158 total points. Davis received five seventh-place votes, two eighth, two ninth and two 10th for 32 points.

You can see the full results of the balloting here.

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson finished first, as expected, followed by Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain. Donaldson received 23 first place votes and Trout received seven.

Rounding out the top 10 were Machado, Dallas Keuchel, former Oriole Nelson Cruz, Adrian Beltre, Jose Bautista, David Price and Jose Altuve.

Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira each garnered one 10th place vote.

Machado Davis celebrate gray.jpgThe third-place votes for Machado came from Evan Drellich and Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports and Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register. Three writers didn’t include Machado on their ballots, where 10 players are chosen: Chris Assenheimer of the The Chronicle Telegram (Cleveland chapter), George King III of the New York Post and Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.

Davis placed third in 2013 after leading the majors in home runs and RBIs, and Machado finished ninth.

Cal Ripken Jr. is the last Oriole to be named AL MVP back in 1991.

Machado, the only player in the majors to appear in every game this season, batted .286/.359/.502 with 30 doubles, 35 home runs, 86 RBIs and 102 runs scored.

Machado notched the seventh 20/20 season (home runs and stolen bases) in club history and the second 30/20 season, joining current team executive Brady Anderson.

A free agent after 4 1/2 seasons with the Orioles, Davis batted .262/.361/.562 this year with 31 doubles, 47 home runs, 117 RBIs, 84 walks and 208 strikeouts in 160 games. His 117 RBIs ranked third in the majors and his .562 slugging percentage ranked seventh.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was the seventh NL player to win MVP unanimously. Former Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta finished sixth a day after taking home the NL Cy Young Award.

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