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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.28
I was talking about last year's stats. I honestly don't think Pujols is the MVP this year, I just think the argument behind Bonds's selection is seriously flawed.



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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.25

    Originally posted by Grimis
    NL Manager of the Year
    1. Phil Garner, Houston
    2. Tony LaRussa, St. Louis
    3. Jim Tracy, Los Angeles

    Garner deserves it because I'm not sure what he put in their water, but it worked....


Probably the same stuff he injected the 1992 Milwaukee Brewers with. With a little more time, Molitor, Yount, Gantner, Listach, Hamilton, Jaha, Spiers, Surhoff and company would've caught Toronto for the AL East title, setting up a Milwaukee/Oakland ALCS...and the Crew owned the A's that year.

That would've given us Brewers/Braves in the '92 World Series...loser stays in Milwaukee. :-)

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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.19
I'll add to the heap for Phil Garner as NL Manager of the year. Bobby Cox would be a close second. Both teams were written off in early July, and both had amazing second halves to get in the playoffs. Plus, with this being the 25th anniversary of the "We Are Family" Pirates, I have no problems with Scrap Iron gettin' some accolades.



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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.30
    Originally posted by eviljonhunt81
    I was talking about last year's stats. I honestly don't think Pujols is the MVP this year, I just think the argument behind Bonds's selection is seriously flawed.


2003 stats:

Name AB R RBI HR BB SO AVG OB SLG OPS
Pujols 576 137 124 43 75 65 .359 .439 .667 1.106
Bonds 390 111 90 45 148 58 .341 .529 .749 1.278
Comparable. Pujols has the total stats, Bonds has the percentage stats. However, those who want to point at Bonds' "mere" 90 RBIs should note that he actually drove in runs at a better rate (4.3 AB/RBI versus Pujols' rate of 4.6 AB/RBI).

So then you might look at teams. Well, the Cards, who that year also had Edmonds, Rolen, and Renteria (OPS of 1.002, .910, and .874, respectively), finished 85-77. The Giants, whose 2nd-most productive hitter was RAY DURHAM of all people (OPS of .807), finished 100-61. It wasn't just that the Giants made the playoffs...it was that they finished 14.5 games better than the Cards. Bonds also hit the 500/500 milestone, which resonated

To overcome that, Pujols would have to have had, as hard as it would be, MUCH BETTER stats than he finished with to beat Bonds for MVP. He would need a comparable OB%, a better SLG% (good luck), and a higher OPS. He did none of those three.

The only thing that changed this year was Bonds had an even better season (arguably the best of his past four, 2003 was probably the worst) while the Giants and Cards essentially switched spots in the standings. Bonds however was THAT much better than Pujols...the way Pujols was not in 2003.

As I said in an earlier thread, it doesn't matter how good of numbers people like Pujols put up...they're going to have to wait until Bonds retires before they start picking up MVPs. As long as Bonds is simultaneously hitting in the .350+ range while hitting HRs every 8 ABs, no one is going to touch him.

Oh, and I pretty much agree with all of Grimis' picks, although I don't think it would be a *travesty* if Johan doesn't unanimously win. I can see Schilling getting a vote here or there.

(edited by Joseph Ryder on 6.10.04 1321)
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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.28
Which is my point. Pujols wasn't the MVP, despite putting up better numbers, and the common argument was that his team didn't make the playoffs. Now, his team runs away with what was supposed to be the most competitive division in Baseball, but Bonds is getting MVP because his team would be even worse without him.

By that logic, Griffey should get the MVP. Rather than merely speculating about how bad a team would be without the player, we have concrete proof.



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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.93
    Originally posted by eviljonhunt81
    Which is my point. Pujols wasn't the MVP, despite putting up better numbers, and the common argument was that his team didn't make the playoffs. Now, his team runs away with what was supposed to be the most competitive division in Baseball, but Bonds is getting MVP because his team would be even worse without him.

    By that logic, Griffey should get the MVP. Rather than merely speculating about how bad a team would be without the player, we have concrete proof.




Um....Bonds still put up pretty impressive stats in 03. And since the key term in Most Valuable Player is Value, one could interpret that to mean value to their ballclub. In this case, Bonds provides the most value to his team. If the Giant's had finished 15 games out of a playoff spot we wouldn't be having this conversation, but they didn't, so we are.
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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.65
    Originally posted by eviljonhunt81
    Which is my point. Pujols wasn't the MVP, despite putting up better numbers, and the common argument was that his team didn't make the playoffs. Now, his team runs away with what was supposed to be the most competitive division in Baseball, but Bonds is getting MVP because his team would be even worse without him.

    By that logic, Griffey should get the MVP. Rather than merely speculating about how bad a team would be without the player, we have concrete proof.


No, the argument was always "Sorry, kid. There's a dude over there who's doing things nobody's ever seen before. Wait a couple years."
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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.30
    Originally posted by eviljonhunt81
    Which is my point. Pujols wasn't the MVP, despite putting up better numbers, and the common argument was that his team didn't make the playoffs. Now, his team runs away with what was supposed to be the most competitive division in Baseball, but Bonds is getting MVP because his team would be even worse without him.


The problem is, Pujols did NOT put up better numbers than Bonds in '03. He put up COMPARABLE numbers.

In '04, Bonds blew away everyone while also carrying a mediocre team within a game of the playoffs...if Pujols put up Bonds' '04 stats in '03 for the 85-77 Cards, I guarantee he would have been handed the MVP. Guarantee.

Yes, I know that's a safe guarantee, but it should still mean something. ;)
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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
Comparable numbers with 186 more AB's. Scary to think what Bonds could have done with 576 plate appearances. According to the stat line posted, Bonds scored 26 less runs, walked 73 more times, and managed to hit 2 more home runs. Add 186 more AB's and those numbers shift absurdly in Bonds' favor.












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(edited by Kidbrooklyn on 9.10.04 0447)


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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.93
    Originally posted by Kidbrooklyn
    Comparable numbers with 186 more AB's. Scary to think what Bonds could have done with 576 plate appearances. According to the stat line posted, Bonds scored 26 less runs, walked 73 more times, and managed to hit 2 more home runs. Add 186 more plate appearances and those numbers shift absurdly in Bonds' favor.


You mean ABs. Plate appearances factor in walks.



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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.81
For the NL MVP, the problem with Pujols is he had a better year last year and didn't win. Pujols 03 was better than Pujols 04. Bonds 04 is better than Bonds 03. If you say that Bonds deserved it in 03 over Pujols, he certainly deserves it this year. The only category in which Pujols is clearly superior this year is GWRBI he has 20, while Bonds has only 13 GWRBIs. Of course 13 is a pretty good number considering they don't pitch to him, especially in close games.
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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
For hottest wife (NL) I nominate submit Jose Lima.

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(Edit: spelling)

(edited by PalpatineW on 10.10.04 1240)


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I counter with Anna Benson.

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