- 02/22/2011, 09:39PM ET
soxfan0214 said 02/22, 09:39 PM
Pretty simply, name your MVP for both leagues.
The National League MVP is going to be Albert Pujols.
The American League MVP is going to be Adrian Gonzalez.
Pujols is playing out the final year of his contract and is looking at the biggest potential payday in MLB history. Every RBI, HR and base knock is adding to the value that this man is going to put up. Pujols is about the surest bet in all of baseball with just pure talent. Here are his stats per year average and you really couldn't ask for much more out of a player.
BA- .331 HR- 42 RBI- 128 OPS+- 172
Gonzalez is the wild card in this debate, as he has always been a good solid player that has played for a relatively quiet team and hasn't had his time in the prime time yet. Adrian is going to play in Boston where he will have a ton of RBI opportunities as well as playing in a hitters park. Here are Adrian's numbers while playing in San Diego and Texas for an average season.
BA- .284 HR- 32 RBI- 99 OPS+- 137
Best of Luck!!
(KMac) Lame Sauce said 02/23, 12:05 AM
Pretty simple... I am naming my MVP for both leagues.
National League MVP is going to the player who should have won it last year... Albert Pujols.
American League MVP will again go to the arguably the best player in baseball right now. Josh Hamilton.
No argument on Albert Pujols, he should have won it last year, and he will definitely win it this year. The only person I can see challenging him for the MVP is another First Baseman by the name of Prince Fielder. He is also entering the final year of his contract and is looking to perhaps boost his payday.
Josh Hamilton may have the best raw talent in all of baseball. The guy is an absolute freak. He missed 30 games with injuries last year and still finished with a dominant stat line.
BA- .359 HR- 32 RBI-100 OPS+- 175 SLG- .633
His average season? Still better than Gonzalez.
BA- .311 HR- 32 RBI- 115 OPS+- 137 SLG- .544
It's not just home runs and RBI's that get you the MVP award, it's a glorious combination of HR, RBI, and BA. I'm sorry, but Adrian Gonzalez has never really had a good BA except in 2006 when he posted a .304 and has hovered around .284 ever since.
soxfan0214 said 02/23, 07:30 AM
Josh Hamilton is a great pick, if the man can stay on the field. He is a phenomenal talent that is a force to be reckoned with WHEN HE IS ON THE FIELD. I am not going to sit here and say that Hamilton is not a great player because he is. The issue with Hamilton is his health. The abuse he put on his body is unknown and even he admitted that in his book.
The man is averaging 457 at bats a year, hardly what I would define as durable. Hamilton is a beast, as you have said. But let's look at the WAR rating from last year when Hamilton won his MVP.
Hamilton had Guerrero providing lineup protection for him, while Gonzalez had Chase Headley. Hardly protection. In Boston, he will probably have Youk protecting him in the lineup. That means no pitching around this talent. The stadium is a hitters park and there is no disputing that. Gonzalez is primed to have a career year in a hitters park with excellent hitters on both sides of him in the lineup.
When it is all said and done, Gonzalez will win his first MVP award and baseball fans will get to appreciate this man's talent on the big stage.
soxfan0214 said 02/24, 09:49 AM
Voting obviously isn't done on arguments....
Oh well, it is what it is....
There isn't anything to write back in response so I will stand by my opinion that Gonzalez has a better chance of winning the MVP than Hamilton will this season. Hamilton will no longer have Guerrero batting behind him allowing pitchers to avoid him to an extent.
Gonzalez will be playing in the betters hitter park with a better line up around him. His old park was huge, more like Central Park than a ball park. Gonzalez will be in the best of positions to compete and win his first MVP award.
And just so my opponent has something to argue with in the third argument,
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