Last year, after Dustin Pedroia won the MVP, I suggested on this site that he would be one of the more forgettable selections in history. That generated a lot of flack here, and I think unfairly, as I did not mean it as a knock on Pedroia, who deserved the award and who I think is a fine player, and I did not write out of any kind of sour grapes. It was merely to suggest he was an anomalous victor, and not someone who figured to list among the truly elite players who regularly compete for those crowns—the class that includes the A-Rods and Pujolses of the game. Pedroia's performance this year, let me suggest, demonstrates what I was talking about. Certainly, he had a fine season. But you could also make a very reasonable argument that his was not among the top 10—and almost certainly not in the top 5—seasons at his position this year. And 2b is hardly the most valuable position on the field. Let me reiterate that I'm not trying to knock Pedroia here. He's an excellent player. Who would I rather have, Pedroia or Cano? That's an awfully tough call. I sincerely hope we can have a calm discussion about this here, no flamethrowing.
Who’s Number 2?
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