Hamilton named winner of American League MVP

Hamilton is considered the best player for the American League this yearBy Abigail Richards

Now that the regular baseball season has ended, it's time to hand out the awards and trophies. Following the announcement of the National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) winner, the American League announced that Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers was this year's recipient.

Hamilton has come a long way since the beginning of his baseball career, when he was fueled by drugs and alcohol, according to the Associated Press.

"I do reflect. If I didn't reflect, 'I' might start sneaking in there, a little ego might start sneaking in there, and that's one thing I don't want to happen," Hamilton told the news provider. "So I do reflect and I think about where I was at my lowest time."

Hamilton continued that he believes a lot of people would agree that they would never have thought he would be recognized as the MVP.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Hamilton received 22 first-place votes for the recognition award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. With his help, the Rangers made their way to their first World Series.