Jacoby Ellsbury's career season came to a close last week. The only question that remains for the Madras High School graduate, will he win the American League Most Valuable Player award?
>Ellsbury leads all of baseball in total bases
The Boston Red Sox center fielder produced sensational numbers in September, but the Red Sox were unable to earn an American League playoff berth, which could cause baseball writers to vote for another player. With that said, Ellsbury is a prime candidate and he will be in the discussion.
Ellsbury finished with career highs in nearly every statistical category, aside from steals, and led all of baseball with 364 total bases.
He was fifth in the AL with a .321 batting average and 32 home runs. He had the third most doubles (46) and runs scored (119) in the AL and was fourth in the AL with 39 stolen bases.
Despite Boston's collapse in the month of September, Ellsbury played like the AL Most Valuable Player down the stretch. He batted .373 with seven home runs, 19 RBIs, 11 doubles and a triple. He also nearly saved the Red Sox season with a three-run home run in the 14th inning against the Yankees in the final week of play. That home run came on the heels of belting two home runs earlier that day in the opener of a double header against the Yankees.
Ellsbury also became the first Red Sox player in franchise history to join the exclusive 30/30 club - hitting at least 30 home runs and stealing at least 30 bases. He was also voted to the MLB All-Star game for the first time in his career.
Entering the season, the 28-year-old had hit a total of 20 home runs, but this season Ellsbury remained healthy and his numbers have him in the AL Most Valuable Player award discussions. It will figure to be a tight race between Ellsbury, Detroit's Justin Verlander and New York's Curtis Granderson as to who will win the AL Most Valuable Player.