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AL MVP Race: A-Rod vs. Big Papi (No Contest)
Monday, November 14, 2005
The winner of the MVP award for the American League will be announced today, and as expected A-Rod and Ortiz are the top two candidates being discussed. Personally, I don’t even think it’s a competition; A-Rod is clearly more deserving as he excelled in all aspects of the game. The outcome of this contest should be easy to determine based on these three factors:

- Batting: A-Rod hit .321/.421/.610 with 48 homers. Fat Papi hit well, too, but his .300/.397/.604 and 47 home runs fell short of A-Rod’s amazing stats. A-Rod also had fourteen more hits and stole twenty-one bases.
- Stamina: A-Rod played in every single game in 2005, and all but one of those as a position player. Ortiz served only as DH in all but ten of the 159 games he took part in. I am willing to bet that any position player will testify that it is much harder to put up such high numbers game after game when they are executing double plays, diving for line drives and trying to prevent a steal at third.
-DEFENSE: A-Rod plays it, Ortiz does not. It’s as simple as that. A-Rod plays defense day in and day out while Ortiz sits on the bench waiting for his turn to hit. In the ten games that Ortiz did have to play first base (inter-league non-DH games) he managed to make two errors. A-Rod, on the other hand, committed just twelve errors over the course of the 161 games he was on the field. This is why I stand by my position that Ortiz, and designated hitters in general, do not deserve the same recognition that a comparable position player deserves. It takes a better athlete to deliver on the field and at the plate.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, November 14, 2005  
  • At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Mets Guy said…

    Oh, the philosophy of MVP awards...

    Keep in mind, this isn't the "Best Player" award. Since that's the case, is A-Rod that much of a lock? He shrivels up when the pressure is on, while Ortiz thrives on it. Papi carries his team, while A-Rod is not exactly a leader who carries the Yankees on his back. I think that has to make up some of the difference created by a lack of defense.

  • At 3:07 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    are you going to argue that a DH is as important as a position player? luckily enough for the yankees, they do not NEED a-rod to 'carry' them...but does that make him any less valuable?

  • At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    boston is better in teamwork the only reason A-rods likes to play for the yanks is they pay him 15 million a game.On the other hand big papi is payed 8 million less and delivers when needed at the plate.He actually holds the record for most homeruns as a dh.A-rod holds 1 record youngest person to pass 400 but only by 1.

  • At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ever heard of the 40/40 club, Anonymous? Don't be silly...

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