[quote=]Yes he's the AL MVP. In my mind there's no question about it. Same thing was true last year for me, but this year he's deserved it even more than anyone else, for the basic reason that no one else is remotely close to him this year, while Tejada was somewhat close last year. jmo[/quote]
Saber wise, its much, much closer this year. Last year it wasnt real close. There are 4 guys right there in total runs created, runs created per 27, win shares, ops. They are Arod, Delgado, Manny, Boone. I would vote Arod in a tight race. Batting wise, Manny and Delgado are right with him. But Arods glove, which win shares captures, (batting and defensive shares are totaled together), moves him right with shaky fielders Delgado and Manny. Boones incredible glove has him in hunt, although his bat is short of the other 3. Heres the tally as of Sunday. My friend has the al mvp vote. He's a Seattle writer. I know hes not into the saber aspect of it, but i sent him the runs created and win shares for the al to look at. He usually votes well. He had Arod 1 last year, Tejada 2. In 01 he had Boone 1, Giambi 2 (the true winner), Ichiro 3rd. I am just posting these numbers to show it's closer then i think some think.
total runs created
runs created per 27
Arod 32 6 defensive shares
Boone 29 his 8 defensive shares moves him close
Arods glove gives him the edge. Will he win? If voters look at contenders, Manny, Nomar, Boone will fair well.