Settle down, everybody. Yes, Ryan Howard won the MVP. No, it’s not a "travesty." Pujols didn’t get "cheated" or "robbed" or "jobbed" — all terms I’ve seen in my email today.
This is not like if Weekend at Bernie’s II had won a Best Picture Oscar. It’s not like Pat Buchanan getting 50 percent of the votes in Palm Beach County. It’s not a case of East Coast Bias, or idiocy, or anything other than honest disagreement.
Would I have voted for Albert Pujols if I had a vote? Yep, absolutely. But it would have been very, very close; honestly, a tough decision. Pujols has the edge in some significant categories (OBP and SLG come to my mind, though both those edges were fairly small). But Howard had the edge in one major one that a lot of Cardinals fans seem to be ignoring — games played. He played in 159 games, Pujols 143. That’s a big deal. That’s 16 games where Howard was providing value to his team and Pujols was not.
I know Pujols has never been on the DL before. I know he plays through a lot of pain. I know it’s not his fault he was on the DL. But the fact remains, he was. And that matters.
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