Why Dustin Pedroia Should Win On November 18th!

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
Why Dustin Pedroia Should Win On November 18th!

The date is set, all you have to do is get your champagne ready!

With all the talk of Dustin Pedroia not winning the MVP race, it's hard to believe that anyone besides a Red Sox player would win it this season. Dustin Pedroia led a tired, aged, and injured team with the help of Kevin Youkilis in 2008.

Now when wrote my original article, Your 2008 A.L.MVP Dustin Pedroia, back in September, all of the naysayers wanted to give stats. Well I have been in the archives lately and I realized something, I just might be right!

.323 avg./.374 ops./.566 slugging   This is the line of the 1991 AL MVP (Cal Ripken Jr.)
.326 avg./.376 ops./.493 slugging   This is the line of the possible 2008 AL MVP

.286 avg./.396 ops./.535 slugging   This is the line of the 1958 AL MVP (Jackie Jensen)
.326 avg./.376 ops./.493 slugging   This is the line of the possible 2008 AL MVP

So you say that isn't enough, well let me tell you something, when Jackie Jensen won the AL MVP Award in 1958, he played with some of the greatest players of the 20th century. Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Yogi Berra are just a few that he played with.

Now you look at what has become maybe the greatest class of players in our era Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Vladimir Guerrero, and Ichiro just to name a few. So you throw in Dustin Pedroia into that race and think that maybe it isn't so crazy that he has a shot to actually win.

Now just for the record let's compare what Kevin Youkilis has done, compared to past winners of the A.L. MVP.

.312 avg./.390 ops./.569 slugging    This is the line of Kevin Youkilis in 2008
.321 avg./.375 ops./.559 slugging    This is the line of the 2006 AL MVP (Justin Morneau)

.312 avg./.390 ops./.569 slugging    This is the line of Kevin Youkilis in 2008
.298 avg./.396 ops./.600 slugging    This is the line of the 2003 AL MVP (Alex Rodriguez)
 
Do you see the pattern here?

Sure, maybe I am being a little opinionated about the situation, but Boston was snubbed in 2006 and 2004 because the DH gets no love (sorry "Big Papi").

Things look great for the 2009 squad though, because both of these players return to the line-up in 2009. With key acquisitions of a lefty in the rotation and another power bat to void the hole left behind by Manny.

The only thing left now, is to wait until November 18th!
Voice Your Choice, Leave behind comments on what your thoughts are.

Load More Stories

Follow Boston Red Sox from B/R on Facebook

Follow Boston Red Sox from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Boston Red Sox

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.