First Ozzie. Then Bartolo, A-Rod, and now Albert Pujols, who was awarded the NL MVP this afternoon. It’s nice to see Latin achievement in the game recognized. It would be nicer if more was done to encourage African-American participation. On that front, let us note our disappointment with Derrek Lee’s third place position in the MVP voting (and admittedly, I’m conflating two, probably unrelated issues here: the declining black presence in MLB, and BBWAA’s voting ineptitude.) Pujols may have been a deserving winner, but it’s a close call, and the man in second place should not have been Andruw Jones.
MVP voting (1st, 2nd, 3rd, total)
Pujols: 18, 14, 0, 378
Jones: 13, 17, 2, 351
Lee: 1, 1, 30, 263
It just seems hard to believe that only 2 voters considered Lee superior to Jones. Perhaps these were the same two who gave their Cy votes to Clemens. That’s just not very encouraging.