Thursday, September 18, 2008
The top hitters, in terms of runs created (RC), should be on the short list for MVP. As of September 16th, Sizemore was in first with 122.2 followed by Hamilton at 116.4, Huff at 115.5 and Pedroia clocking in at 115. (Huff needs some love from the media for having a great comeback season that is not even in his walk year.)
As a part-time corner fielder in third place and only a half point above Pedroia, it should be safe to eliminate Huff from the MVP discussion. DP’s defensive value is worth more than a ½ RC.
As far as I know, Sizemore is considered a better centerfielder than Hamilton - most metrics back up this claim. Hence, Hamilton’s glove work will not make up for a lower RC, even in a much better offensive home park, than Sizemore. Hamilton can win the Comeback Player of the Year award just not the MVP too.
It comes down to DP and Grady. Both appear to be average defensive players. The question is: Is a second baseman worth more than eight RC over a centerfielder? I don’t think so. Besides shortstop, the CFer is the most important defensive player on the diamond.
Grady Sizemore should be the A.L. MVP, and then Hamilton, but DP will win the award. And it will be one giant leap for, us, the vertically challenged.