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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Adam Jones, 2012 Topps Opening Day #66

Earlier this week, Adam Jones capped a very good year by finishing sixth in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award. To review, the O's center fielder was an All-Star and a Gold Glover for the second time each, was the only player on the team to appear in all 162 games, and set career highs in average (.287), slugging percentage (.505), OPS (.839), runs (103), doubles (39), home runs (32), and stolen bases (16). Though Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown helped him win the MVP by a comfortable margin, Jones got some down-ballot support with a third-place vote, two fourth-place votes, seven fifth, five sixth, four seventh, three eighth, and two ninth. His voting total of 120 points trailed fifth-place finisher Josh Hamilton by only 7. It was the highest finish for an Oriole since Miguel Tejada placed fifth in 2004.

A few other Birds players received some recognition in this year's vote. Jim Johnson's team-record 51 saves earned him a 14th-place finish, as he had a third-place vote, one fourth, one seventh, and one eighth. Matt Wieters got a single lonely seventh-place vote, landing him 22nd in the MVP race. All in all, a couple members of the baseball media noticed what the Orioles accomplished in 2012.

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