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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:39 pm 

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Although the World Series trophy eluded them once again, at least the Cardinals got some deserved recognition this postseason in the form of their first Cy Young winner since Bob Gibson and their first NL MVP since Willie McGee. It was comforting to know the rest of the Baseball Writers Association of America wasn't falling in line with most of the "experts" I saw on ESPN, who were claiming Dontrelle Willis and Andruw Jones would be their picks, respectively. Yes, Willis and Jones had better numbers in the two or three categories everyone talked about. But Carpenter and Pujols were frequently the only reason the Cardinals won the Central Division so handily — especially in a year where Scott Rolen, Larry Walker, Reggie Sanders and Yadier Molina were absent for frequent stretches. And I have to give it to Jones, who was classy when responding to the results: "I think he deserved it. The voting was the right vote. He was the right choice. He had the most solid season average-wise, home run-wise and RBI-wise."

Now, as for A-Rod edging out Big Papi, I'm not so sure. But I think there are other, bigger AL fans here who can argue that point better than I can.

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Pujols was an easy pick, in my view. He would be a three-time winner if not for the off-the-charts goodness of Barry Bonds.

Carpenter was a bit of a surprise pick, if only because Dontrelle Willis is sort of funky and media-genic, ala Fernando Valenzuela.

And A-Rod is pretty much MVP every year. His offensive output was at least 90 percent of Ortiz's ... and easily putting him over the top was that he not only played a key defensive position but played it well. For a DH to be MVP, he would have to be so head-and-shoulders above everybody else in offense that the gap is painfully obvious. As great as Ortiz was, he wasn't quite THAT transcendentally great.

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I agree with Wabberjocky. A DH would have to hit 74 homers to deserve the MVP.

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