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Indians 3B Ramirez Finishes Second in 2020 American League MVP Voting

Without Jose Ramirez it’s hard to think of where the Indians would have been during the 2020 season.

He was the team MVP on offense, and also put up huge numbers, hitting .292 (64-for-219) with 45 runs, 16 doubles, 1 triple, 17 home runs and 46 RBI in 58 games (.386/.607/.993).

His efforts were not enough to take home the AL MVP award on Thursday night, as he finished second in the voting, losing out to Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu.

Abreu played in all 60 games for the Sox, hitting .317/.370/.617 (166 OPS+) with 19 home runs and an AL-leading 76 hits.

Ramirez had a monster second month of the season, hitting .366 (30-for-82) in the month of September, with 10 HR and 24 RBI over the final 23 games of the season.

Including the two Postseason games, his final 14 hits of the season went for extra bases.

The second place finish by Ramirez is the highest any Indians player has finished since 1995, when Albert Belle finished second, oddly enough to Frank Thomas, who was the last White Sox to win the AL MVP award until Abreu.

Ramírez now has three MVP top-3 finishes since 2017, the most in Major League Baseball over the four-year span.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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