Baseball season just ended, but the honors coming Chris Davis' way after his record-breaking season may not be.
Major League Baseball announced three finalists for the American League's Most Valuable Player award Tuesday night and the O's first baseman was named an official contender with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout.
Conventional wisdom says Carbrera is the favorite at this point after winning the Players' Choice Award for AL Outstanding Player and overall Player of the Year awards Monday.
The defending AL MVP, Cabrera put together another monster season, almost identical to last year when he earned the American League's Triple Crown, leading the league in homers, RBIs, and batting average. This season he hit 44 home runs, knocked in 137 runs, and batted .348.
Of course, Davis delivered even bigger power numbers, rocking an O's record 53 home runs, driving in 138 runs—both AL season highs—while batting .286.
Cabrera led his team to the playoffs again, which will play in his favor. The fact that Davis was a Gold Glove finalist and his rise has coincided with the O's rise as a contender the past two seasons should play in his favor. The MVP award is given annually by the Baseball Writers' Association of America
What we'd like to see—even more than a new trophy for Davis—is a contract extension. He's currently under the O's control through the 2015 season, but we'd like to get the 27-year-old, who should be just entering his prime slugging years, signed up for, oh, another half-dozen years or so...