Indians’ Brantley finishes 3rd in MVP voting

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Indians outfielder Michael Brantley finished third in the voting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.   The Angels’ Mike Trout, who was runner-up the last two seasons, was the unanimous choice to garner the award, announced Thursday night on the MLB Network.

Trout  received all 30 first-place vote while the Tigers’ Victor Martinez was second and Brantley third.  Trout had 420 points, while Martinez garnered 229 and Brantley finished with 185.

Trout, 23, was the fifth youngest winner of the award.  He hit .287 with 36 homers and 111 rbi. He is the first unanimous winner since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997.

Brantley had a breakout season in 2014, when he hit .327 with 20 homers and 97 RBI.  He earned his first trip to the All Star game. He also won a Silver Slugger Award in the past week.

Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, who won the American League Cy Young Award Wednesday, was 11th in the voting.