The more I think about Alex Rodriquez winning the MVP award, the more upset I become. I feel like someone should send the definition for valuable to the 28 voters who determine who wins the MVP.
val·u·a·ble Audio pronunciation of "valuable" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (vly--bl, vly-)
1. Having considerable monetary or material value for use or exchange: a valuable diamond.
2. Of great importance, use, or service: valuable information; valuable advice.
3. Having admirable or esteemed qualities or characteristics: a valuable friend.
Was Alex Rodriquez the best player in baseball last year. I would have to say yes. Not only did he deserve the silver slugger award, but he also deserved to receive the golden glove. There's no doubt he's a great baseball player. If the award was for the 'Best Player in Baseball', I would have no argument to make about A-Rod winning the award. Defense would be a logical distinction to use in making the application for who should be eligible, and I would be the first to say DH's should not be eligible for the award.
But that's not what this award is all about. The award
If we took A-Rod off of the Yankees roster, would the NY Yankees have made it into the playoffs at basically the same spot. Yes. There's no doubt in my mind that players such as Matsui, Sheffield and Giambi would have carried the offensive load. Did having A-Rod help? Of course. There's no way a player of his caliber could not make an impact. So he had a value. But was he the 'most' valuable?
If the Red Sox and Yankees had swapped closers, however, I don't think the Yankees would have made it as far. With their weak pitching, Rivera was invaluable to the Yankees this year. Which is why A-Rod wasn't even the most valuable player on his own team. If Rivera and Foulke had been swapped for the year, the NY Yankees would not have made the playoffs.
Ortiz, on the other hand, made a huge impact on the Red Sox season. Without his bat, the Red Sox would not have made the playoffs. Their pitching and hitting (except for Manny) was pretty weak. Ortiz won games so many times, it became commonplace to see a headline showing him hitting the game running home run. The Sox were also playing catch up all the time and David would probably be the key to getting them back into the game.
Varitek may have been the captain in the locker room, but Ortiz was the bat that made the difference on the field.
For those who took the time to read this post, here's a gazoo for you.