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Ichiro, Ibanez garner MVP consideration

Ichiro, Ibanez garner MVP consideration

The 2008 Mariners finished fourth in the four-team American League West, but two of their players nonetheless got a little love in the AL MVP balloting.

Seattle outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez each received one 10th-place vote, finishing in a five-way tie for 20th place overall on the Baseball Writers Association of America's ballot.

BBWAA voters are asked to name 10 players on their ballots, with their top choice earning 10 points, their second choice earning nine, and so on. Ichiro and Ibanez each received one point -- 316 shy of winner Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox.

Ichiro, the 2001 AL MVP, batted .310 with 213 hits, 103 runs, 43 stolen bases and a .361 on-base percentage -- all team-highs -- and earned a spot on the AL All-Star team for the eighth time in his eight seasons with the Seattle.

Ibanez, now a free agent, batted .292 with 23 homers and finished with team-high totals of 110 RBIs, 43 doubles, 79 extra-base hits, 304 total bases and a .497 slugging percentage.

Both players played in all 162 of Seattle's games.

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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