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Stark gets it right

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By ws9 on Friday, September 27, 2002 - 06:06 pm:

While SI makes little sense Stark agrees with most of us.

Friday, September 27

Bonds, Tejada take home the MVP hardware

By Jayson Stark

No sweeping exits. No offstage lines. Just our annual end-of-season awards. The envelopes please ...

Miguel Tejada: It isn't the Prettiest Numbers Award. It isn't the Best Player Award. It isn't the Best Season for a Team with a Lousy Pitching Staff Award. It's the Most Valuable Player award. And the lessons of history are very clear. The only four times that players from a losing team won an MVP, there were no compelling candidates among the contenders. So A-Rod, we're sorry, pal. We hope you win every other award out there -- from Sporting News Player of the Year to the Nobel Peace Prize. But Tejada has had a season unlike any shortstop in history (except A-Rod) -- for a team that could never have won 100 games without him. Apologies to: Rodriguez, Alfonso Soriano, Garret Anderson, Jason Giambi, Torii Hunter, Eric Chavez.

AL Cy Young
Barry Zito: It's hard not to pick a guy who goes 20-4, and leads his league in strikeouts and ERA (i.e., Pedro Martinez). But we'll say this again: September matters. And Pedro couldn't make it to the mound for two weeks in early September when his team was trying to hang in the race, while Zito was winning his fifth, sixth and seventh games in a row (and his bullpen was blowing two more wins). Zito went 6-2 against playoff teams. Pedro went 5-4. So Pedro has his trophies. It's about time one of these A's aces collected one. Apologies to: Derek Lowe, Mark Buerhle, Jarrod Washburn.

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