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September Post-Season Awards, Revised
by Asher B. Chancey, BaseballEvolution.com
September 5, 2008
Okay, so I didn't mean this to be a daily feature.
As you'll recall, yesterday I decided to do a little experiment to see
how much of my perception of the persons most deserving of post-season
hardware changes from shortly before the end of the season to after
the season. Well, less than 24 hours after my article, in which I
announced that Carlos Quentin was my pick for American League Most
Valuable Player, the Chicago White Sox announced that Carlos will miss
the next two-to-three weeks with a broken wrist which will require the
placement of a pin to hold him together.
Not only is it difficult to imagine voting for a guy for MVP when he
has played on 130-something games, but it is also difficult to imagine
voting for a guy, in a clear-winner-less season such as this, that
plays on a non-playoff bound team. Further, it is difficult to
imagine the White Sox mustering a charge down the stretch without
their biggest bopper. Unless he enjoys a miraculous recovery, Quentin
is probably out.
According to what I wrote yesterday, this means that Josh Hamilton and
Alex Rodriguez, two far from perfect candidates, will have to duke it
out. But between yesterday and today, I managed to noticed that the
league leader in hits, runs, and batting average are all the same
person, and that he plays second base on a likely playoff-bound team,
and that he has been on fire since that playoff-bound team traded
Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I am talking, of course, about Dustin Pedroia, whom I think is my new
favorite MVP candidate. True, if he won he'd be the smallest MVP
since television sets went to color, and this would be a situation in
which we were talking more about a subjective than an objective
choice. But I think Pedroia fits the mold – teams faces struggles
from unexpected nemesis, team trades angsty superstar over contract
disputes, teams deals with injuries to heroes of recent World Series
teams past, spunky player sparks team and leads them into playoffs.
In a year in which the league's best offensive players don't appear
headed to the playoffs, Pedroia is probably a rock solid choice.
Of course, the Red Sox will probably announce tomorrow that Pedroia is
out for the year after a hen pecked off his nose. But we'll deal with
that issue tomorrow.
Questions? Concerns? Comments? Asher lives in Philadelphia, PA, and can be reached at email@example.com.