Konerko snubbed on one MVP ballot

Paul Konerko was a solid fifth in Al MVP voting, despite one questionable ballot. AP Photo/Paul Beaty

Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was a solid fifth in voting for the American League MVP, but something seemed a little off about the final tabulation.

Konerko was only recognized on 27 of the 28 ballots, meaning somebody didn’t think his .312 batting average, .393 on-base percentage, .584 slugging percentage, 39 home runs or 111 RBIs earned recognition as a top 10 player in the AL.

By the way, the MVP went to Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers.

Konerko trailed Hamilton, Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, Robinson Cano of the Yankees and Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays. His 130 points (Hamilton had 358) were 30 more than Evan Longoria of the Rays, who finished in sixth place.

A total of 20 players received votes. Konerko was the only White Sox player to get votes.

Konerko’s highest place on any one ballot was fourth, getting four voters to place him there. Not surprisingly, the most votes he received were for fifth place (seven). He was sixth on six ballots.

It was the highest a White Sox player finished in the MVP voting since Jermaine Dye also finished fifth in 2006.