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Dustin Who?

Monday, December 29th, 2008

So, I am a little busy with my crap out here, and do not always keep up on all the sports I need to.

That being said it was brought to my mind yesterday that Dustin Pedroia won the AL MVP this past year, and I thought that sounded like crap. So I looked up the numbers today;

All I can say is that while I might have thought Pedroia was a bad choice for MVP, now I am outraged by it.

83 RBI???
17 Home Runs?
.376 OBP?

Come on now! Yes he scored 117 runs and hit .326 with 20 stolen bases, but Whoop Dee Doo! Those are not MVP numbers.

Meanwhile A-rod got the bone…

104 runs
103 RBI
35 Home Runs
Hit over .300 with a .392 OBP
Had nearly a full point difference over Pedroia in Slugging pct.
And let’s just add 18 stolen bases to the picture for fun.

A-Rod is also a very good defensive 3B, so I cannot feel that this ‘Pedroia played good defense at 2B’ argument holds much water.

As far as the best of the rest goes…

I cannot justify giving MVP to a pitcher, unless it was one of those amazingly special seasons. Only one pitcher had that kind of special season, and that was K-Rod. However giving an MVP to a reliever is kind of a joke in itself, so pass.

I cannot justify Joe Mauer as MVP due to his failure to achieve either 100 runs or RBI, and also the fact that he only hit 9 Home Runs.

Justin Morneau has about the same resume as Pedroia, just replace the runs with RBI and you got about the same player. So pass there as well.

We are left with A-Rod as the head and shoulders MVP of the league getting screwed. No 2 ways around it. I understand anti-Yankee backlash, and mostly agree with it, but the preposterous selection of Dustin Pedroia as MVP takes it to an unreal level.

-Ray