One of these things is not like the other:
Player A) .300 avg., 23 HRs, 129 RBIs
Player B) .328 avg., 17 HRs, 83 RBIs
Player C) .288 avg., 36 HRs, 100 RBIs
Guess which one won AL MVP. It's Player B. Seriously.
That's Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the guy to the left. What a farce.
Player A is Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who was hands down the best player in the American League this year. Player C is Carlos Quentin, who was hands down the second-best player in the American League until he broke his wrist on Sept. 1.
The MVP is supposed to go to the guy who is most valuable to his team. Do the Twins contend all the way to the last day of the season without Morneau? Not a chance.
How about the White Sox? They had a winning record in every month but one in 2008. That one losing month was September, while Quentin was on the disabled list. Think he was of some value to this year's division championship team? If Quentin had missed a month in June instead of September, would he have finished either first or second in the MVP voting? The guess here is yes. Quentin still appeared in 130 games this season. That's plenty good enough.
As for Pedroia, he wasn't even the best player on his team. That would be J.D. Drew, who was injured late in the year, but carried the Red Sox during a period where designated hitter David Ortiz was on the DL.
Do the Red Sox make the playoffs without Pedroia? Probably. Do the White Sox make the playoffs without Quentin? No chance in hell. Do the Twins win 88 games without Morneau? No chance in hell. Case closed.
Morneau deserved the MVP. So did Quentin. Pedroia shouldn't have been in the top five. I guess ESPN's Boston-loving campaign worked. This is a sham.