Jose Canseco, the first major leaguer to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in a season, was selected the Associated Press’ player of the year.
The Oakland right fielder received 141 1/2 votes from sportswriters and broadcasters. Hershiser was runner-up with 13 votes, followed by Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett with 5 and Boston’s Mike Greenwell with 4 1/2.
Canseco led the majors with 42 homers and 124 runs batted in and hit .307. The American League charts 17 different offensive categories and Canseco ranked in the top 10 in 12 of them.
Canseco hit a grand slam in Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers but after that, he went 0 for 19.
“I wasn’t angry, I’m not depressed,” Canseco said. “I’m real happy with the things we’ve done this year.”