Last week, MLB announced the winners of the MVP awards in both leagues.
There were no surprises: Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels won his second AL MVP, and Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves took home his first in the NL.
Seeing the voting results in the American League allows us to have a comprehensive look at who were the most consistent producers of the year, and there are a couple of members of the Cleveland Guardians.
Always the Jake on Twitter posted the final results for all to see, highlighting Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor.
“Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor combined for 41 points in MVP voting,” they tweeted.
Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor combined for 41 points in MVP voting pic.twitter.com/RnQ9rphHnp
— Always the Jake (@JacobsFieldRBW) November 17, 2023
Ramirez finished tenth in the AL MVP voting with 40 points.
The highest vote he earned was seventh: four voters considered him ranked that high.
J-Ram wasn’t as dominant as he has been in recent years, but was rock-solid nonetheless.
He hit .282/.356/.475 with 36 doubles, 24 home runs, and 28 stolen bases, plus a .831 OPS.
On the other hand, Naylor’s excellent performance earned him a single point.
One person considered him the 10th most valuable player in the American League, which is a cool way to recognize his solid year and his breakthrough as a hitter.
He finished with 17 home runs, 97 RBI, and a .842 OPS, but needed just 121 games to reach those numbers.
Had he played something closer to 150 games, he could have challenged 25 homers and 110 RBI.
If the Guardians want to have any chance at competing in 2024, they are going to need Ramirez and Naylor healthy, locked, and loaded.