One of my favorite sports writer/bloggers, Joe Posnanski, has written a biting, yet appropriate, critique of Thomas Boswell’s position that giving the MVP to Albert Pujols is “nuts.” This year’s MVP debate is really separating the “gets it’s” from the “doesn’t get it’s” for me. I believe that Howard wasn’t even the most valuable player on his own team; once you take fielding, baserunning and position into account, Chase Utley was.
Now I’m willing to concede that’s debatable to some extent, because it requires an appreciation of batting splits, fielding prowess and other kind-of-obscure stuff. But Pujols over Howard? Not debatable at all.