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Most Valuable Metsie Revisited

They will be announcing the Most Valuable Player awards over the next two days, and for the 45th consecutive season, a Met will not be among the winners.

The Mets should fare better this year than most, with Carlos Beltran likely to place within the top five, and Jose Reyes and David Wright probable to receive a significant apportioning of votes. But to be realistic, there's no chance of them being among the victors, as Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols figure to duke it out in a pretty tight race.

It may just be the Beltran Bias/Bitterness in me, but if I had to pick a Most Valuable Metsie of 2006, I'd go with Jose Reyes, though it's a difficult selection to make, as one blogger recently wrote. It's hard to argue with picking Beltran, so if you choose to go that route, I won't disagree and I won't begrudge you. We just differ. My pick is primarily based on gut instinct, from having watched, listened to, or absorbed the details from every game this season, because I think you can take the statistics and argue them any way you like.

I wrote about the subject of Mets MVP voting history, prior to David Wright's 19th-place finish, Cliff Floyd's tie for 26th, and Jose Reyes' reception of a "pity point" last season. That essay can be found here

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2005/11/most-valuable-metsie.html

Comments

NYSMF said…
I'm with you on Jose being the Most Valuable Met, simply due to his energy and leadership on the team. Beltran (aka "Trannie") is a more powerful hitter, sure, but his leadership quotient is on a par with Art Howe's.

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