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Tony's Top 5 predictions for this week's MVP announcements

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  November 17, 2008 08:41 AM

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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?
4
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.
3
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.
2
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.
1
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.


Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

5
The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
1
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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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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