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Sizemore finishes 10th in MVP balloting

Sizemore finishes 10th in MVP balloting

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CLEVELAND -- Between his Gold Glove and his Silver Slugger awards, it's already been established that Grady Sizemore was, perhaps, the American League's premier center fielder in 2008.

But he also stacked up pretty well against players from other positions.

Sizemore finished 10th in the AL MVP voting, the results of which were released Tuesday afternoon by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia captured the MVP honor, with the Twins' Justin Morneau, the Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis, the Twins' Joe Mauer, the White Sox Carlos Quentin, the Angels' Francisco Rodriguez, the Rangers' Josh Hamilton, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and the Rays' Carlos Pena rounding out the top 10.

A season that saw him become just the 10th player in AL history to join the 30-30 club earned Sizemore two sixth-place votes, one second-place vote, five third-place votes, six fourth-place votes, one fifth-place vote and 42 10th-place votes.

Cliff Lee, who was named the AL Cy Young Award winner last week, also had a respectable showing in the AL MVP race, finishing 12th. Lee, who went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA, actually received one fourth-place vote.

A year ago, it was Sizemore finishing 12th in the voting, as he played a major role in the Indians taking the AL Central crown. This year, the Tribe finished in third place with an 81-81 mark, but Sizemore's accomplishments did not go unnoticed. He was the second Indians player to reach 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in a single season, joining Joe Carter in 1987, and he was the first Tribe player to have 30 homers, 30 stolen bases and 30 doubles.

For the season, Sizemore hit .268 with 33 homers, 39 doubles, five triples, 38 stolen bases and 90 RBIs.

"I was happy with the way some things went, but not everything," he said earlier this month. "For me, you get to that point where you want to do everything at the highest level possible. I felt I made certain strides in certain areas."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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