Second baseman Jonathan Schoop, already chosen in September as Most Valuable Oriole, capped off his career season by placing 12th in voting for the American League’s Most Valuable Player award. The announcement came tonight on MLB Network.
Schoop appeared on seven ballots distributed to members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He received two votes for sixth place, two for eighth and three for 10th to give him 19 total points..
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve finished ahead of Yankees’ rookie outfielder Aaron Judge to garner his first MVP award. Altuve received 27 first-place votes and three second-place votes for 405 points, while Judge grabbed two first-place votes, 27 for second and one for third to give him 279 points.
Indians infielder José Ramírez was third, receiving the other first-place vote and totaling 237 points. The rest of the top 10 consisted of the Angels’ Mike Trout, the Indians’ Francisco Lindor, the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, the Indians’ Corey Kluber, the Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, the Red Sox’s Chris Sale and the Mariners’ Nelson Cruz.
Schoop batted .293/.338/.503 with 35 doubles and a career-high 32 home runs and 105 RBIs in 160 games. He hit 338/.391/.519 with runners in scoring position.
My ballot read as follows:
I hated to omit Astros outfielder George Springer and Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, but I ran out of room. And I felt like there were too many deserving position players to include a pitcher.
Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports and Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times voted Schoop sixth. Erik Boland of Newsday put him eighth, while Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports Bay Area, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com and Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram voted him 10th.
You can click here to see the ballots from all 30 BBWAA voters.
Schoop was an easy choice as MVO in voting by members of the media who cover the team - some on a regular basis, others on occasion.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was chosen as the National League’s Most Valuable Player in the fourth-closest vote in history. He beat out Reds first baseman Joey Votto by two points. They both received 10 first-place votes.
Note: The Orioles have been awarded the 33rd overall pick in next year’s First-Year Player Draft in Competitive Balance Round A. The selection comes after the first and second rounds.
The Orioles also hold the 11th overall pick.
Competitive Balance picks can be traded. Most recently, the Orioles sent their Round B spot and left-hander Brian Matusz to the Braves on May 23, 2016 for minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek.