It's not like its the biggest snub ever, but I think Howard should have made it. One would think that defending MVP is "star" material. I guess my main beef with this is, that its factored over the first half of the season, and not the last half of the previous year. I say that, because it seems like a lot of the times "so and so is having a great year"--fair enough, but its only half of a season too. To me "star" implies some type of usual production, not a spike.
Lee has a far superior BA, but howard signficiantly bests him in HR, his run and rbi are better, as is OPS. Throw in the fact that his team is doing better in a tougher division, and he is the defending MVP, he should get the benefit of the doubt IMO.