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Posted by Jeff Erickson at 9/30/2007 1:53:00 PM
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He was hardly a cut-and-dried favorite anyhow, but how many votes does the Mets' collapse cost David Wright in the NL MVP balloting? I don't particularly care for the "best player on a playoff team" voting philosophy - I'd rather see the best player win. That said, when there's no clearcut favorite like this year, I can see the merit of making it a tiebreaker. Who's your MVP? Wright? Matt Holliday? Jimmy Rollins? Chase Utley? Hanley Ramirez? Prince Fielder? Who else am I leaving out?


When there's no one dominant player, you certainly give more importance to being on a playoff team. With that, let's scratch all of the Mets and Brewers off the list. I would have voted for Wright two weeks ago; today, OBP be damned, I'm thinking it's Jimmy Rollins.
Posted by spianow at 9/30/2007 2:46:00 PM
I vote for Rollins. He almost willed the Phils into the playoffs.
Posted by hextall at 9/30/2007 3:46:00 PM
Even if the Phils had fallen short, Rollins had already done more to put his team in the right position than any other one player in the league. While I understand arguments for others, they will not sway me away from Rollins.
Posted by thepearl-673 at 9/30/2007 4:02:00 PM
I'd probably pick Rollins and Holliday before I'd pick Wright, even before today. I don't necessarily need to put the MVP on a playoff team, but I'd expect him to at least be on a decent team. That's why Hanley Ramirez (who could be the *fantasy* MVP) would be far down the list.
Posted by kennruby at 9/30/2007 4:19:00 PM
With 50 home runs, there's no way the writers don't vote for Fielder.
Posted by schoenke at 9/30/2007 5:29:00 PM
It's close, but I'd probably fill out my ballot as such: 1. Wright 2. Rollins 3. Holliday. Wright hit something like .365 after the break, was a 30/30 guy, OPS 90 points or so higher than Rollins, etc. I'd have no complaints if Rollins gets the nod, but the margin should be razor-thin. As for Fielder, I'm not sure he's the most valuable player on his own team.
Posted by vtadave at 9/30/2007 6:19:00 PM
I think it's a gross error if Wright wins (and he was my pick not long ago). In a year where no one ran away with it and dominated, you can't reward a player from a team that ended the season this way. Not that it's David Wright's fault, it surely isn't. But he can't win.
Posted by spianow at 10/1/2007 6:41:00 AM
I'd also be miffed if Fielder wins. Braun was their best player from the moment he came up. If you want to give the MVP to the "best offensive player regardless of how his team does" then give it to Hanley Ramirez, not Prince Fielder.

Anyway, to me it's Rollins or Holliday, probably Rollins. But the writers can always screw this up and pick someone stupid - go to and spend your day picking through their blunders.

Posted by spianow at 10/1/2007 6:43:00 AM
I guess I'm just not in the "most valuable player from a playoff (or playing for the playoffs) team" camp. You watn a "gross error", I'll refer you to the 2005 AL Cy Young and 2002 AL MVP.

Agree on Hanley...I have him at $15 in an NL-only league and need to figure out how many years to extend his deal ($5 per year). Thinking 2, making him $25 for the next 3 years.
Posted by vtadave at 10/1/2007 8:07:00 AM
Fielder is the best player on the Brewers, in my view it's pretty clear. Braun has potential, but 26 errors in 112 games counts for something. Even without the fielding, though, I'd still take Fielder over Braun on hitting ability. On a side note, Fielder had a 1.028 OPS in August and hit .333/.478/.733 - 1.212 OPS - in September. I'm not sure one player can do more when it counts to get his team into the playoffs. Unfortunately, he can't pitch in relief.

I'm not sure I get the Holliday part. The guy had an .860 OPS on the road. Shouldn't we filter out Coors field a little bit?

I honestly think Hanley Ramirez was the best player in the league, but he's got no shot at MVP.
Posted by herbilk at 10/1/2007 10:53:00 AM
Some good points Herb, but check out Holliday's September - it rivals Fielder's:

.367/.448/.796 with 12 homers, despite playing with an oblique injury.

I think there's legitimately 5 guys that could win that I wouldn't be unhappy with.
Posted by Erickson at 10/1/2007 1:31:00 PM
What, no love for Carlos Marmol?

In all honesty, it has to come down to Rollins and Holliday. I agree with what's been said in that I don't think it should automatically be best player on a playoff team, but with no favorite it is an appropriate tie-breaker. If I had a ballot, I'd go: 1.Rollins 2.Holliday 3.Wright 4.Fielder 5.Utley. I think Utley's .976 OPS and the fact that he was well on his way to winning the MVP before breaking his hand is worth something.
Posted by uwmichael at 10/2/2007 9:58:00 AM
Definitely Rollins and Holliday. Wright has no shot to win it. Anyone who thinks otherwise wasn't watching baseball over the past month.
Posted by catyears at 10/2/2007 2:06:00 PM
I watched a ton of baseball. I still don't quite get Holliday as an MVP. There's no way he gets this much consideration if he didn't play half of his games in Denver. Hello, Dante Bichette.
Posted by herbilk at 10/2/2007 2:17:00 PM
I haven't heard anyone mention Andrew Jones.
Posted by bwitt at 10/2/2007 2:29:00 PM

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