Now I'm not dumb enough to say that Justin Morneau should win the AL MVP, simply because David Ortiz is unbelievable, but he certainly deserves consideration. There was an espn poll today that listed candidates for League MVP among those listed: Jeter, Young, Ortiz, Dye, Thome and Mauer. How can people work for ESPN and not include Morneau on that list??? It's an absolute joke that he was left off. Aside from Ortiz, none of those players put up the overall numbers that Morneau has? Lets take a look:
(Parentheses (sp?) represent league rank)
Jeter: Avg = .341(2) HR = 10(71) RBI = 72(22)
Young: Avg = .312(15) HR = 12(52) RBI = 80(15)
Ortiz: Avg = .283(42) HR = 43(1) RBI = 113(1)
Dye: Avg = .324(6) HR = 32(6) RBI = 89(9)
Thome: Avg = .295(28) HR = 36(2) RBI = 90(8)
Mauer: Avg = .359(1) HR = 10(71) RBI = 68(28)
Morneau: Avg = .316(11) HR = 31(7) RBI = 104(3)
While it might not be the most accurate way to assess a players value compared to the rest of the league (due to the failure to include intangibles that play such a huge part in baseball), I have taken an average of the league ranks of each player in the triple crown categories. When the ranks are averaged the top three look like this:
Now obviously this method is flawed as Ortiz's average kills him in the rankings, but you readers should get the point. It is interesting to note that another notable player left out is "Pronk" in Cleveland:
AVG = .302(22) HR = 35(3) RBI = 105(2)
When the award is handed out at the end of the season, David Ortiz will win it with the vast majority of the vote, but it would sure be nice to see Morneau get some votes, especially if the Twins make the playoffs.
A few questions for some friendly group discussion to close with:
If the Red Sox don't make the playoffs, does it hurt Ortiz's candidacy? (Santana for Cy Young in 05)
Who wins the Twins MVP award this year?
Who wins in the NL MVP?