baseball6791 wrote: I love both tejada and BRob and think that they are both special players having special seasons, but the thing that swings it for me goes back to the literal meaning of the award. MVP, Most Valuable Player, the guy who if his team didnt have him would fall apart. for the orioles that guy is tejada, not BRob. tejada is the consistent producer, the fabulous and undisputed leader and clubhouse presence. he plays hard all the time and every day (has the streak for most games played among active players i believe ). he is the glue for that team.
I agree completely. BRob is having an incredible season, but how much are his stats based on a hot streak in the beginning of the season? His OPS has declined every month of the season so far, and it will probably continue to decline (and so far he's having an ice-cold June). I'll take a team leader and consistent producer over a guy who's having an admittedly great season but played at his best in April. Tejada is Mr. Oriole.
Although Lord knows it's a crapshoot as to who gets it at the end of the year. This most important months are still to come - Miggy won his MVP on the strength of his play after the ASB, so we'll see who gets hot in a month.
either Pujols (no one is performing well around him besides Reggie)
Derrek (if he can keep it up)
The thread is about AL MVP.