"I see it this way. Someone who doesn't take his team to the playoffs doesn't deserve to win the MVP"
That quote would be from Albert Puljols, back in 2006, in reference to Ryan Howard, who won the NL MVP honor that season.
Two years later, Pujols is being named the NL MVP, despite not leading his team to the postseason. The real question here is: does Pujols think he deserved to win the honor this season? If it's a yes, talk about hypocrisy. If it's a no, we wonder who his vote would have been for. Would it have been for Howard, who finished second in the voting, Ryan Braun, who finished third, or even Manny Ramirez, who finished fourth despite only playing in the NL for two months?
Personally, our vote would have been for Manny or C.C. Sabathia. Sure, neither of them played a full season in the NL, but both men did put their respective teams on their backs and carried them into the postseason. That sounds like the definition of "most valuable player" if you ask us.
But hey, that's why we don't have a vote here at 4th and Fail.
On a side note, if Sabathia accepts the reported $140 million dollar deal from the Yankees, it would give a new meaning to "most valuable" player (read: pitcher).