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Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff November 17, 2008 08:41 AM
Francisco Rodriguez will end up with at least one 1st-place vote in the AL because someone will make the mistake of giving him one. Is there a more useless stat than the save?
Manny Ramirez will finish in the top three in the National League voting, which is a joke. There should be a rule that the MVP has to spend the entire year in one organization.
Albert Pujols will win the NL honor -- and he should. From wire to wire, Pujols meant more to his team than any other player in the game, especially Ryan Howard.
Kevin Youkilis will not finish in the top 3 because voters will underestimate his value of playing multiple positions. Josh Hamilton, Justin Morneau, and Pedroia will finish ahead of him.
Dustin Pedroia will win the award, partly because he is a great story, mostly because he is a great player. When Pedroia went 12 for 18 batting cleanup, he convinced an entire nation.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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