(Courtesy of the AP)
Robinson Cano has finished in the top 6 of the American League MVP voting in each of the last 3 seasons. With a high of 3rd in 2010 and a low of 6th the next year, Cano has never been a true leading contender for MVP despite consistently being the best player at a premium position on a perennial playoff team. Part of this is due to the ever-present MSM bias against the Yankees when it comes to awards and part of it is because there were always clear cut better candidates. Overall, I'd say Cano has finished about where he should each year, with the general ranking maybe coming in a tick low.
Which brings us to 2013. Cano is once again not the leading candidate and not seriously in the discussion as the best or most valuable player in the league, but he's right in the mix. He's also not part of the traditional Yankee regular season machine that steamrolls everybody. He's been the linchpin holding a borderline terrible baseball team together, a team that is somehow still mathematically in the playoff race with 11 games to go despite a -17 run differential. If ever there was a time where his contributions were more valuable to his team, it's this season. That being what it is, and his stats being what they are, where does Robbie fit into the AL MVP race?