Joe Mauer has become only the second catcher in 33 years to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award.
The Minnesota Twins star was a near-unanimous winner in voting announced Monday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, receiving 27 of 28 first-place votes and 387 points. Yankees teammates Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter were second and third.
Mauer topped the AL in batting with a .365 average. He also led in on-base percentage and slugging percentage.