November 15, 2005
Well, it's official: Albie Pujols has beaten out the better man for the 2005 National League MVP crown.
Set aside, though, for a moment the fact that Derrek Lee was the demonstrably better player this season on both offense and defense, and that he has already been recognized as such (being awarded this year's Silver Slugger and Gold Glove, respectively, over Pujols). Even if Derrek bested Albert in virtually every category besides walks and strike outs, their stats are undeniably similar. So Pujols winning out is at least reasonable, if not right.
Pujols received 18 of the 32 first-place votes and 14 second-place votes for 378 points. Atlanta's Andruw Jones picked up 13 first-place votes, 17 seconds and two thirds for 351 points, while Derrek Lee finished third with one first-place vote, one second and 30 thirds for 263 points.
That's a mere 2 out of the 32 ballots cast (would those be the two votes from Chicago?) that ranked Lee ahead of Jones. On what, the strength of an extra 5 homers? Dig that long ball.
Further proof, if it was needed, that these Baseball Writers are a profoundly ridiculous lot.
Posted by Dan at 03:12 PM
Baseball Writers' Association of America
MLB.com League Leaders: Lee, Pujols, Jones
MLB.com News: Pujols earns first MVP Award—Matthew Leach
MLB.com Player Information: Albert Pujols
MLB.com Player Information: Andruw Jones
MLB.com Player Information: Derrek Lee
Wikipedia: Gold Glove
Wikipedia: Silver Slugger