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American League Most Valuable PlayerHistory of Award Winners
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Alex Rodriguez won this award in 2005
Recent history of winners for American League Most Valuable Player. There is some lag in updating awards data and they may not provide an entire history of winners. The list below is separated by year with a dividing line. Some awards have multiple award winners for all or some years.

LevelMLB
Years Available1911-2017

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Historical Winners - American League Most Valuable Player

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YearPlayer NamePosNotesC-AwardsHt Wt B-T BornDate Age Place HiLvlStat YearsMLB YearsDraft InformationCollege(s)StatusCurrent Org (Level)
2017Jose Altuve2B175-6 153 R-R 1990-05-06 27Maracay,Venezuela MLB2008-20182011-2018
2006-   UDFA-HOU
DL-10Houston Astros (MLB)
2016Mike TroutCF446-1 200 R-R 1991-08-07 24Millville,New Jersey MLB2009-20182011-2018
2009- 1-  25-ANA
DL-10Los Angeles Angels (MLB)
2015Josh Donaldson3B105-11 182 R-R 1985-12-08 29Pensacola,Florida MLB2005-20182010-2018
2007- 1-  48-CHN
Auburn U.DL-60Toronto Blue Jays (MLB)
2014Mike TroutCF446-1 200 R-R 1991-08-07 22Millville,New Jersey MLB2009-20182011-2018
2009- 1-  25-ANA
DL-10Los Angeles Angels (MLB)
2013Miguel Cabrera3B466-2 218 R-R 1983-04-18 30Maracay,Venezuela MLB2000-20182003-2018
1999-   UDFA-FLO
DL-10Detroit Tigers (MLB)
2012Miguel Cabrera3B466-2 218 R-R 1983-04-18 29Maracay,Venezuela MLB2000-20182003-2018
1999-   UDFA-FLO
DL-10Detroit Tigers (MLB)
2011Justin VerlanderP296-5 200 R-R 1983-02-20 28Manakin-Sabot,Virginia MLB2002-20182005-2018
2004- 1-   2-DET
Old Dominion U.ActiveHouston Astros (MLB)
2010Josh HamiltonRF276-4 240 L-L 1981-05-21 29Raleigh,North Carolina MLB1999-20162007-2015
1999- 1-   1-TBA
Free Agent  
2009Joe MauerC306-4 220 L-R 1983-04-19 26St. Paul,Minnesota MLB2001-20182004-2018
2001- 1-   1-MIN
ActiveMinnesota Twins (MLB)
2008Dustin Pedroia2B235-9 180 R-R 1983-08-17 24Woodland,California MLB2002-20182006-2018
2004- 2-  65-BOS
Arizona StDL-60Boston Red Sox (MLB)
2007Alex Rodriguez3B656-3 195 R-R 1975-07-27 31New York,New York MLB1994-20161994-2016
1993- 1-   1-SEA
Free Agent  
2006Justin Morneau1B146-4 205 L-R 1981-05-15 25New Westminster,BC MLB1999-20162003-2016
1999- 3-  89-MIN
Retired  
2005Alex Rodriguez3B656-3 195 R-R 1975-07-27 29New York,New York MLB1994-20161994-2016
1993- 1-   1-SEA
Free Agent  
2004Vladimir GuerreroLF466-3 205 R-R 1975-02-09 29Nizao Bani,Dom Rep MLB1994-20121996-2011
1993-   UDFA-MON
Retired  
2003Alex Rodriguez3B656-3 195 R-R 1975-07-27 27New York,New York MLB1994-20161994-2016
1993- 1-   1-SEA
Free Agent  
2002Miguel Tejada2B-3B225-9 188 R-R 1974-05-25 28Bani,Dom Rep MLB1995-20151997-2013
1993-   UDFA-OAK
Free Agent  
2001Ichiro SuzukiRF365-11 170 L-R 1973-10-23 27Kasugai,Japan MLB1992-20182001-2018
2000-   UDFA-SEA
Free Agent  
2000Jason GiambiDH186-3 235 L-R 1971-01-08 29West Covina,California MLB1990-20141995-2014
1992- 2-  58-OAK
Long Beach StRetired  
1999Ivan RodriguezC355-9 205 R-R 1971-11-30 27Vega Baja,Puerto Rico MLB1989-20111991-2011
1988-   UDFA-TEX
 
1998Juan GonzalezRF-LF206-3 220 R-R 1969-10-16 28Vega Baja,Puerto Rico MLB1986-20051989-2005
1986-   UDFA-TEX
 
1997Ken GriffeyCF376-3 205 L-L 1969-11-21 27Donora,Pennsylvania MLB1987-20101989-2010
1987- 1-   1-SEA
 
1996Juan GonzalezRF-LF206-3 220 R-R 1969-10-16 26Vega Baja,Puerto Rico MLB1986-20051989-2005
1986-   UDFA-TEX
 
1995Mo Vaughn1B96-1 268 L-R 1967-12-15 27Norwalk,Connecticut MLB1987-20031991-2003
1989- 1-  23-BOS
Seton Hall U.  
1994Frank Thomas1B-DH346-5 270 R-R 1968-05-27 26Columbus,Georgia MLB1987-20081990-2008
1989- 1-   7-CHA
Auburn U.  
1993Frank Thomas1B-DH346-5 270 R-R 1968-05-27 25Columbus,Georgia MLB1987-20081990-2008
1989- 1-   7-CHA
Auburn U.  
1992Dennis EckersleyP76-2 190 R-R 1954-10-03 37Oakland,California MLB1972-19981975-1998
1972- 3-  50-CLE
 
1991Cal RipkenSS-3B266-4 220 R-R 1960-08-24 30Havre de Grace,Maryland MLB1978-20011981-2001
1978- 2-  48-BAL
 
1990Rickey HendersonLF-OF135-10 190 R-L 1958-12-25 31Chicago,Illinois MLB1976-20051979-2003
1976- 4-  96-OAK
 
1989Robin YountSS-CF136-0 180 R-R 1955-09-16 33Danville,Illinois MLB1973-19931974-1993
1973- 1-   3-MIL
 
1988Jose CansecoRF-LF186-4 240 R-R 1964-07-02 23Havana,Cuba MLB1982-20171985-2001
1982-15- 392-OAK
 
1987George BellLF-OF166-1 190 R-R 1959-10-21 27San Pedro de Mac,Dom Rep MLB1978-19931981-1993
1978-   UDFA-PHI
 
1986Roger ClemensP426-4 230 R-R 1962-08-04 23Dayton,Ohio MLB1982-20121984-2007
1983- 1-  19-BOS
Texas, San Jacinto Col  
1985Don Mattingly1B235-11 185 L-L 1961-04-20 24Evansville,Indiana MLB1979-19951982-1995
1979-19- 493-NYA
 
1984Willie HernandezP36-3 180 L-L 1954-11-14 29Aguada,Puerto Rico MLB1977-19951977-1989
1973-   UDFA-PHI
 
1983Cal RipkenSS-3B266-4 220 R-R 1960-08-24 22Havre de Grace,Maryland MLB1978-20011981-2001
1978- 2-  48-BAL
 
1982Robin YountSS-CF136-0 180 R-R 1955-09-16 26Danville,Illinois MLB1973-19931974-1993
1973- 1-   3-MIL
 
1981Rollie FingersP76-4 195 R-R 1946-08-25 34Steubenville,Ohio MLB1965-19851968-1985
1964-   UDFA-KC1
 
1980George Brett3B-1B226-0 205 L-R 1953-05-15 27Glen Dale,West Virginia MLB1971-19931973-1993
1971- 2-  29-KCA
El Camino Col  
1979Don BaylorOF126-1 220 R-R 1949-06-28 30Austin,Texas MLB1967-19881970-1988
1967- 2-  39-BAL
Blinn Col  
1978Jim RiceLF-OF146-2 205 R-R 1953-03-08 25Anderson,South Carolina MLB1971-19891974-1989
1971- 1-  15-BOS
 
1977Rod Carew1B-2B136-0 182 L-R 1945-10-01 31Gatun,Panama MLB1964-19851967-1985
1964-   UDFA-MIN
 
1976Thurman MunsonC65-11 191 R-R 1947-06-07 29Akron,Ohio MLB1968-19791969-1979
1968- 1-   4-NYA
Kent St  
1975Fred LynnOF166-1 190 L-L 1952-02-03 23Chicago,Illinois MLB1971-19901974-1990
1973- 2-  41-BOS
USC  
1974Jeff BurroughsOF36-1 200 R-R 1951-03-07 23Long Beach,California MLB1969-19851970-1985
1969- 1-   1-WS2
 
1973Reggie JacksonOF126-0 200 L-L 1946-05-18 27Wynecote,Pennsylvania MLB1966-19871967-1987
1966- 1-   2-KC1
Arizona St  
1972Dick Allen1B-3B25-11 190 R-R 1942-03-08 30Wampum,Pennsylvania MLB1960-19771963-1977
1960-   UDFA-PHI
 
1971Vida BlueP46-0 189 B-L 1949-07-28 21Mansfield,Louisiana MLB1968-19861969-1986
1967- 2-  27-KC1
 
1970Boog Powell1B-OF36-4 240 L-R 1941-08-17 28Lakeland,Florida MLB1959-19771961-1977
1959-   UDFA-BAL
 
1969Harmon Killebrew1B-3B15-11 214 R-R 1936-06-29 33Payette,Idaho MLB1954-19751954-1975    
1968Denny McLainP36-1 185 R-R 1944-03-29 24Chicago,Illinois MLB1962-19721963-1972
1962-   UDFA-CHA
 
1967Carl YastrzemskiOF125-11 188 L-R 1939-08-22 27Southampton,New York MLB1959-19831961-1983
1958-   UDFA-BOS
Notre Dame  
1966Frank RobinsonOF96-1 195 R-R 1935-08-31 30Beaumont,Texas MLB1953-19761956-1976    
1965Zoilo VersallesSS35-10 150 R-R 1939-12-18 25Veldado,Cuba MLB1959-19711959-1971
1958-   UDFA-WS1
 
1964Brooks Robinson3B206-1 190 R-R 1937-05-18 27Little Rock,Arkansas MLB1955-19771955-1977    
1963Elston HowardC-OF36-2 200 R-R 1929-02-23 34St. Louis,Missouri MLB1955-19681955-1968    
1962Mickey MantleOF45-11 198 B-R 1931-10-20 30Spavinaw,Oklahoma MLB1951-19681951-1968    
1961Roger MarisOF36-0 204 L-R 1934-09-10 26Hibbing,Minnesota MLB1957-19681957-1968    
1960Roger MarisOF36-0 204 L-R 1934-09-10 25Hibbing,Minnesota MLB1957-19681957-1968    
1959Nellie Fox2B45-9 150 L-R 1927-12-25 31St. Thomas,Pennsylvania MLB1947-19651947-1965    
1958Jackie JensenOF25-11 190 R-R 1927-03-09 31San Francisco,California MLB1950-19611950-1961   California  
1957Mickey MantleOF45-11 198 B-R 1931-10-20 25Spavinaw,Oklahoma MLB1951-19681951-1968    
1956Mickey MantleOF45-11 198 B-R 1931-10-20 24Spavinaw,Oklahoma MLB1951-19681951-1968    
1955Yogi BerraC35-8 194 L-R 1925-05-12 30St. Louis,Missouri MLB1946-19651946-1965    
1954Yogi BerraC35-8 194 L-R 1925-05-12 29St. Louis,Missouri MLB1946-19651946-1965    
1953Al Rosen3B15-10 180 R-R 1924-02-29 29Spartanburg,South Carolina MLB1947-19561947-1956   Florida  
1952Bobby ShantzP95-6 142 R-L 1925-09-26 26Pottstown,Pennsylvania MLB1949-19641949-1964    
1951Yogi BerraC35-8 194 L-R 1925-05-12 26St. Louis,Missouri MLB1946-19651946-1965    
1950Phil RizzutoSS15-6 160 R-R 1917-09-25 32Brooklyn,New York MLB1941-19561941-1956    
1949Ted WilliamsOF26-3 205 L-R 1918-08-30 30San Diego,California MLB1939-19601939-1960    
1948Lou BoudreauSS15-11 185 R-R 1917-07-17 30Harvey,Illinois MLB1938-19521938-1952   Illinois  
1947Joe DiMaggioOF36-2 193 R-R 1914-11-25 32Martinez,California MLB1936-19511936-1951    
1946Ted WilliamsOF26-3 205 L-R 1918-08-30 27San Diego,California MLB1939-19601939-1960    
1945Hal NewhouserP26-2 192 L-L 1921-05-20 24Detroit,Michigan MLB1939-19551939-1955    
1944Hal NewhouserP26-2 192 L-L 1921-05-20 23Detroit,Michigan MLB1939-19551939-1955    
1943Spud ChandlerP16-0 181 R-R 1907-09-12 35Commerce,Georgia MLB1937-19471937-1947   Georgia  
1942Joe Gordon2B15-10 180 R-R 1915-02-18 27Los Angeles,California MLB1938-19501938-1950   Oregon  
1941Joe DiMaggioOF36-2 193 R-R 1914-11-25 26Martinez,California MLB1936-19511936-1951    
1940Hank Greenberg1B-OF26-3 210 R-R 1911-01-01 29New York,New York MLB1930-19471930-1947    
1939Joe DiMaggioOF36-2 193 R-R 1914-11-25 24Martinez,California MLB1936-19511936-1951    
1938Jimmie Foxx1B36-0 195 R-R 1907-10-22 30Sudlersville,Maryland MLB1925-19451925-1945    
1937Charlie Gehringer2B15-11 180 L-R 1903-05-11 34Fowlerville,Michigan MLB1924-19421924-1942   Michigan  
1936Lou Gehrig1B26-0 200 L-L 1903-06-19 33New York,New York MLB1923-19391923-1939
1923-   UDFA-NYA
Columbia U.  
1935Hank Greenberg1B-OF26-3 210 R-R 1911-01-01 24New York,New York MLB1930-19471930-1947    
1934Mickey CochraneC25-10 180 L-R 1903-04-06 31Bridgewater,Massachusetts MLB1925-19371925-1937   Boston U.  
1933Jimmie Foxx1B36-0 195 R-R 1907-10-22 25Sudlersville,Maryland MLB1925-19451925-1945    
1932Jimmie Foxx1B36-0 195 R-R 1907-10-22 24Sudlersville,Maryland MLB1925-19451925-1945    
1931Lefty GroveP16-3 190 L-L 1900-03-06 31Lonaconing,Maryland MLB1925-19411925-1941    
1928Mickey CochraneC25-10 180 L-R 1903-04-06 25Bridgewater,Massachusetts MLB1925-19371925-1937   Boston U.  
1927Lou Gehrig1B26-0 200 L-L 1903-06-19 24New York,New York MLB1923-19391923-1939
1923-   UDFA-NYA
Columbia U.  
1926George Burns1B16-1 180 R-R 1893-01-31 33Niles,Ohio MLB1914-19291914-1929    
1925Roger PeckinpaughSS15-10 165 R-R 1891-02-05 34Wooster,Ohio MLB1910-19271910-1927    
1924Walter JohnsonP26-1 200 R-R 1887-11-06 36Humboldt,Kansas MLB1907-19271907-1927    
1923Babe RuthOF16-2 215 L-L 1895-02-06 28Baltimore,Maryland MLB1914-19351914-1935    
1922George Sisler1B15-11 170 L-L 1893-03-24 29Manchester,Ohio MLB1915-19301915-1930   Michigan  
1914Eddie Collins2B15-9 175 L-R 1887-05-02 27Millerton,New York MLB1906-19301906-1930   Columbia U.  
1913Walter JohnsonP26-1 200 R-R 1887-11-06 25Humboldt,Kansas MLB1907-19271907-1927    
1912Tris SpeakerOF15-11 193 L-L 1888-04-04 24Hubbard,Texas MLB1907-19281907-1928   Texas Wesleyan U.  
1911Ty CobbOF16-1 175 L-R 1886-12-18 24Narrows,Georgia MLB1905-19281905-1928