MIAMI, United States. — Cuban Yordan Álvarez is one of three candidates to win the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the American League delivered annually by Major League Baseball (MLB).
Accompanying the Cuban in the list of finalists are New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, and Los Angeles Angels pitcher and slugger Shohei Ohtani.
For the National League, the finalists for the MVP award are St. Louis Cardinals infielders Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, as well as San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado.
Álvarez, brand new winner of the 2022 World Series with the Houston Astros, completed a dream regular season. The man from Las Tunas hit 37 home runs, drove in 97 runs and averaged .306, ranking among the first in most offensive departments.
Although the MVP award does not take into account what happened in the postseason, Yordan was also vital to his team’s victory, hitting clutch home runs in three games, including the final game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The favorite for Most Valuable Player is, without a doubt, Aaron Judge, who set the record for home runs in the American League, with 62, in addition to hitting .311 and driving in 131 runs.
The nomination of Yordan Álvarez among the three finalists shows the vertiginous rise of the Cuban army in the Majors. The last Cuban to be nominated among the finalists was Chicago White Sox first baseman José Dariel Abreu, the 2020 MVP winner.
The Most Valuable Player award will be announced by MLB on November 17.
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