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Monday, November 17, 2008

Pujols wins MVP; no word on when he will reject award

Your own Ryan Howard finished second, but Albert Pujols won the MVP. Congratulations. Not to Pujols, but to the voters. Pujols' OBP was like .600 and his SLG% was like .800. He was the clear choice.

You'll hear some Phillies fans say that Ryan Howard deserved the MVP because of his 48 homers, 146 RBIs, and 'leadership of the Phils into the playoffs.' You'll hear no other fans say that.

Howard was good this year, but his .339 OBP is right around the league-average. Yes, it's great that he can smite the ball 500 feet 48 times a year, but when Pujols did it 37 times, and was on base 35% more often than Howard...well, it's no contest.

Anyway, Ryan Howard won the 2006 NL MVP. Albert Pujols was second. The Phillies did not make the playoffs that year. The Cardinals did. Apparently incensed at finishing second, Pujols made this rather ridiculous claim:

“I see it this way: Someone who doesn’t take his team to the playoffs doesn’t deserve to win the MVP."

Fantastic. Last I checked, the 2008 St. Louis Cardinals failed to make the playoffs. No word on when Pujols will officially reject his MVP award.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a Philadelphian who has been reborn an optimist:

Howard not winning will only help us in arbitration.