Top 5 Candidates for 2013 AL MVP Award

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Top 5 AL MVP Candidates

AL MVP Candidates
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The 2013 MLB regular season was chock-full of breakout performances, especially in the American League. Once again, baseball fans had the privilege of watching some of baseball's all-time greats right before their very eyes.

The 2013 edition of the American League brought on unbelievable batting and pitching performances all season long. More than ever before, it seems as though there are plenty of players that can make a case for being declared the league's best player. Unfortunately for many of those very talented individuals, there are a certain few who never seem to go into a slump and let bad luck of any kind tarnish their stellar numbers.

The Chris Davis' of the world will have to come back in 2014 and show that they can do more than hit the ball a solid 325+ feet if they want to be in the same discussion with these five individuals who top the list of AL MVP Award candidates. These players have the ability to often change the outcome of any game they are involved in with one strategic swing of the bat, a clutch stolen base, or perhaps three nasty pitches that makes someone look silly when the game is on the line.

Of course, baseball is a team game and wins come to those who work together, but in some cases a team finds themselves with one or two individuals who have the ability to take matters into their own hands and win one for their teammates. These are the guys who should be considered as the league's best and deserve to be honored by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The following five players served as their team's greatest players of the season. They are a threat each and every time they take the field, when they approach the batter's box or when they take the mound. Here are the top 5 AL MVP Award candidates for 2013.

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5. Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer
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Not only will Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers be considered for the AL MVP Award, but he is also the front-runner for the AL Cy Young Award as well.

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4. Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson
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Josh Donaldson helped his Oakland Athletics complete yet another fairy tale regular season, one in which they won the AL West title for the second year in a row.

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3. Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano
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Robinson Cano kept the New York Yankees in the running for a playoff spot right until the very last few games of the season and ultimately saw his team fall short of a wild card game berth. Cano is perhaps the most sought after free agent on the market going into the 2014 offseason.

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2. Mike Trout

Mike Trout
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Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels showed no signs of experiencing a sophomore slump as he once again put up great numbers for his club. Unfortunately for the Angels, his numbers didn't translate into leading his team to the playoffs for a second year in a row.

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1. Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera
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There is no doubt that Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers is perhaps the best baseball player of all-time.That may seem like a bold statement, but when he is at the dish there is no telling what might happen next. He is similar to the any all-time great in that he is a threat no matter what the inning and no matter what the score. We as baseball fans should be honored to watch such an amazing talent in Cabrera and will come to realize very quickly that he can win this award year after year as he continues to make a mess out of American League pitching.