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A-Rod: MVP

Alex Rodriguez, third baseman for the NY Yankees, edged out Bosox DH David Ortiz to become the 2005 MVP of the American League. Read all about it here.

As I expressed here, I'm somewhat ambivalent about A-Rod's MVP. He had the stats ... but he still has something to prove to me in the postseason. Granted, the MVP award is not about the postseason. But something is missing.

In any event, I don't want to be a killjoy... so congrats, A-Rod. Next year, I'd like to see you put a World Series Ring on your finger too.

Update: Check out Mike Lupica and Sam Borden on all this in the New York Daily News.

Comments welcome.


A-Rod probably deserved it more than Ortiz, if nothing else because Ortiz was a DH...

To switch topics completely, the AL Cy Young award was questionable, at best. Although I am definitely a biased Twins fan, Johan Santana's numbers blew Colon out of the water in every category but wins. Looking at one statistic alone reveals the folly of using wins as a determining factor: Colon's bullpen blew zero saves for him.

Other stats (All from Jason Stark's article http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=2217711):

Santana piled up 81 more strikeouts, beat Colon in ERA by 61 points, allowed almost two fewer baserunners for every nine innings, and had more innings pitched, complete games and shutouts.

Hitters who faced Colon had a batting average of .254 against him. The on-base percentage against Santana was .250.

True, Colon had five more wins than Santana (21 vs. 16). But since Santana actually pitched more innings, how was that win gap his fault? The win differential is a stat we can attribute almost completely to their offenses. It's that basic.

Colon got a ridiculous 1.32 more runs per game than Santana did. And Santana's totals in his last three no-decisions tell it all: 23 innings, 9 hits, 3 runs, 0 wins.

Cy Young win-traditionalists be damned.

Hey, Jake, very good comments on this topic. I agree with your analysis.

The offseason baseball market is already heating up; I'm counting the days to Spring training. :)