It’s been the subject of much debate, particularly for me internally. With the Red Sox all but out of contention, can and should David Ortiz — who likely will end up leading the league in home runs and RBI while hitting somewhere around .290 — win the MVP?
The Big Man himself made some good points:
I’m right there, but I’m not going to win it. They give it to Alex one year, even though his team was in last place, so now they can’t play that BS anymore, just because your team didn’t make it. They gave it to Alex that year because of his numbers. But they always have a reason to vote for whatever, so that’s why I don’t worry about it.
I’ll tell you one thing: If I get 50 home runs and 10 more RBIs, that’s going to be a round number that no one else in the American League will have. …
But they’ll vote for a position player, use that as an excuse. They’re talking about Jeter a lot, right? He’s done a great job, he’s having a great season, but Jeter is not a 40-homer hitter or an RBI guy. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve done for your ball club, the bottom line is, the guy who hits 40 home runs and knocks in 100, that’s the guy you know helped your team win games.
Don’t get me wrong — he’s a great player, having a great season, but he’s got a lot of guys in that lineup. Top to bottom, you’ve got a guy who can hurt you. Come hit in this lineup, see how good you can be.
Incidentally, Rodriguez’s numbers while winning the MVP for the last-place Texas Rangers: .298, 47, 118. Ortiz will blow those out of the water. Of course, the year before, A-Rod hit 57 HR for the last-place Rangers and didn’t win the MVP.