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1984 American League Most Valuable Player Award

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The winner of the 1984 American League Most Valuable Player Award was Willie Hernandez of the Detroit Tigers.

Hernandez was a relief pitcher for the World Champion Detroit Tigers and also won the 1984 AL Cy Young Award. Hernandez has 78% of the vote with 16 first place votes, followed by the Minnesota Twins' Kent Hrbek (63%, 5), and the Kansas City Royals' Dan Quisenberry (60%, 5).

Interestingly, Quisenberry won the American League Rolaids Relief Award, which is given to the league's best relief pitcher. However, the Rolaids Relief Award is based on a point system, not a writer's vote. Still, Quisenberry was not undeserving of either of the three awards as he finished second in the Cy Young Award voting, grabbing 9 first place votes to Hernandez' 12.

1984 marked the only season Hernandez ever received consideration for either the MVP or Cy Young Awards.


[edit] Award Voting

† indicates playoff team
Player Team Points Points Share (Max Points) First Votes AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG W - L SV IP H HR BB SO ERA
Willie Hernandez Detroit Tigers 306 0.781 (392) 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -.--- -.--- -.--- 9 - 3 32 140.1 96 6 36 112 1.92
Kent Hrbek Minnesota Twins 247 0.630 (392) 5 559 80 174 27 107 1 65 87 0.311 0.383 0.522 Did not pitch
Dan Quisenberry Kansas City Royals 235 0.599 (392) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -.--- -.--- -.--- 6 - 3 44 129.1 121 10 12 41 2.64
Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles 197 0.503 (392) 2 588 97 180 29 110 10 107 87 0.306 0.410 0.509 Did not pitch
Don Mattingly New York Yankees 113 0.288 (392) 0 603 91 207 23 110 1 41 33 0.343 0.381 0.537 Did not pitch
Kirk Gibson Detroit Tigers 96 0.245 (392) 0 531 92 150 27 91 29 63 103 0.282 0.363 0.516 Did not pitch
Tony Armas Boston Red Sox 87.5 0.223 (392) 0 639 107 171 43 123 1 32 156 0.268 0.300 0.531 Did not pitch
Dave Winfield New York Yankees 83 0.212 (392) 0 567 106 193 19 100 6 53 71 0.340 0.393 0.515 Did not pitch
Alan Trammell Detroit Tigers 76.5 0.195 (392) 0 555 85 174 14 69 19 60 63 0.314 0.382 0.468 Did not pitch
Willie Wilson Kansas City Royals 61 0.156 (392) 0 541 81 163 2 44 47 39 56 0.301 0.350 0.390 Did not pitch
Dwight Evans Boston Red Sox 39 0.099 (392) 0 630 121 186 32 104 3 96 115 0.295 0.388 0.532 Did not pitch
Alvin Davis Seattle Mariners 26 0.066 (392) 0 567 80 161 27 116 5 97 78 0.284 0.391 0.497 Did not pitch
Jim Rice Boston Red Sox 10 0.026 (392) 0 657 98 184 28 122 4 44 102 0.280 0.323 0.467 Did not pitch
Dave Kingman Oakland Athletics 10 0.026 (392) 0 549 68 147 35 118 2 44 119 0.268 0.321 0.505 Did not pitch
Harold Baines Chicago White Sox 10 0.026 (392) 0 569 72 173 29 94 1 54 75 0.304 0.361 0.541 Did not pitch
Lance Parrish Detroit Tigers 8 0.020 (392) 0 578 75 137 33 98 2 41 120 0.237 0.287 0.443 Did not pitch
Willie Upshaw Toronto Blue Jays 8 0.020 (392) 0 569 79 158 19 84 10 55 86 0.278 0.345 0.464 Did not pitch
Brian Downing California Angels 6 0.015 (392) 0 539 65 148 23 91 0 70 66 0.275 0.360 0.462 Did not pitch
Steve Balboni Kansas City Royals 5 0.013 (392) 0 438 58 107 28 77 0 45 139 0.244 0.320 0.498 Did not pitch
George Bell Toronto Blue Jays 5 0.013 (392) 0 606 85 177 26 87 11 24 86 0.292 0.326 0.498 Did not pitch
Andre Thornton Cleveland Indians 5 0.013 (392) 0 587 91 159 33 99 6 91 79 0.271 0.366 0.484 Did not pitch
Dave Stieb Toronto Blue Jays 4 0.010 (392) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -.--- -.--- -.--- 16 - 8 0 267.0 215 19 88 198 2.83
Lloyd Moseby Toronto Blue Jays 4 0.010 (392) 0 592 97 166 18 92 39 78 122 0.280 0.368 0.470 Did not pitch
Buddy Bell Texas Rangers 4 0.010 (392) 0 553 88 174 11 83 2 63 54 0.315 0.382 0.458 Did not pitch
Mike Boddicker Baltimore Orioles 2 0.005 (392) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -.--- -.--- -.--- 20 - 11 0 261.1 218 23 81 128 2.79
Juan Beniquez California Angels 2 0.005 (392) 0 354 60 119 8 39 0 18 43 0.336 0.370 0.452 Did not pitch
Doyle Alexander Toronto Blue Jays 1 0.003 (392) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -.--- -.--- -.--- 17 - 6 0 261.2 238 21 59 139 3.13
Cal Ripken Baltimore Orioles 1 0.003 (392) 0 641 103 195 27 86 2 71 89 0.304 0.374 0.510 Did not pitch
Preceded by
1983
Most Valuable Player Award
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1984
Succeeded by
1985
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