No shock in the National League, with Buster Posey getting 27 of the 32 first-place votes - three went to Ryan Braun and two to...YeahYadier Molina? Curiously, both out of the New York chapter. Former D-back Adam LaRoche was 7th: among the current team, Aaron Hill finished =26th (tied with Carlos Beltran), getting a seventh-place vote from Zachary Levy of the Houston Chronicle, and a pair of 10th-place votes. One of the latter came from Nick Piecoro, with the Denver Post's Troy Renck providing the other. Miguel Montero - who, contrary to what the BBWAA official website thought, was not traded to Florida - got a 10th-place vote out of Adam Rubin from ESPN New York. That's one point down on 2011.
The American League poll proved to be a decisive victory for reactionary forces, the old-school merit of Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown prevailing decisively over Mike Trout. Cabrera got 22 of the first-place votes, while Trout had six. Got a funny feeling we haven't heard the last of this debate. I haven't seen so many outraged Tweets since that Kony 2012 video went viral. Mind you, there was one voter who thought Adrian Beltre had a better season than Trout, so go figure. Further down the list, Albert Pujols finished outside the top ten for the first time his career, coming in 17th.