After his hits last night, the talk is everywhere, even the NY papers: David Ortiz for MVP. It’s an emotional response, but with it all the logic, everything we’ve learned from sabermetics, all of our rational thinking about how baseball works is going right out the window. And it’s frustrating. Papi belivers have become baseball’s flat-earth fanatics. Its supporters of creationism. Its global warming doubters. Those would find it acceptable to put a political hack at the head of FEMA. (Okay, maybe we’re pushing it.)
But the facts speak clearly when analyzed rationally. A-Rod has better numbers. He has better numbers THIS WEEK. He has higher VORP scores. He PLAYS DEFENSE. (Gold Glove caliber over the last couple of months).
OPS Last 7 Days:
Ortiz: .753 (that’s worse than Jeter)
Papi is a lovable, wonderful, clutch player. A-Rod is more valuable. End of story.