Matthias wrote:BronXBombers51 wrote:He won't win the MVP because he doesn't play the field (nor should he, unless his numbers just destroy everyone elses). I love him on my fantasy team though...
You hear this argument a lot but it's still always shortsighted.
Simply put, there are players who may as well not play in the field for all the damage they cause or little they do (offhand, think Kevin Millar at first base). I would agree that contributions on the field should be a consideration: if you were deciding between Ozzie Smith and Rickie Weeks and they both had similar offensive numbers, then the defensive magic of the Wizard should be the deciding factor.
But when you're talking about a DH vs. a slew of first basemen who don't do anything or some fielders like Manny who are, by turns, brilliant and make you want to tear your eyes out... just look at the #s. And if you look at the #s, Pronk is strong.
By not playing in the field, it forces the rest of your team to always play the field and when they are banged up, you have to take their bat out of the lineup or force them to play hurt in the field. You can't give them a breather at DH when you have a full-time DH. We saw this with Johnny Damon last year. He was banged up all the time and still had to go out into center. Same thing with Manny.
Being so bad in the field that you are a liability doesn't make an MVP.