As the summer in major league baseball continues to steamroll along, the time comes to look ahead at potential award winners.
The 2016 AL MVP race has some added spice to it. With outstanding talents all across the board, the writers cannot really go wrong with any pick.
Division by division, there are major eye-popping candidates who all deserve to take home the award.
The last two players — Josh Donaldson (2015) and Mike Trout (2014) — who were honored with this award of dominance resided in the AL East and AL West, respectively. This year, much of the same persists.
Two divisions containing teams on opposite coasts each possess three candidates with the most flare, stardom, and box office potential. With that said, the award mostly comes down to who is the ‘best player’ rather than the ‘most valuable’.
While placing that filter would likely eliminate some candidates, take these exceptional talents for what they truly are. Furthermore, most of the individuals play an integral role on winning clubs. Simply put, no one would complain with any of the ranked studs coming away with the hardware.
So, without further adieu, let’s go ahead and rank the AL MVP frontrunners if the regular season were to end today.