great gretzky wrote: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.
I agree. To take it one step further, the reigning MVP and Cy Young winners should have a free pass to the All-Star game unless they are injured. If the coach of the teams are the guys who won the World Series last year, the MVP and Cy Young winners should get that honor as well.