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Does Red Sox slugger David Ortiz belong in the AL MVP conversation?

2019. június 12.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is nearing the finish of one of the most unforgettable walk-away seasons in MLB history.He’s been so good, in fact, and so important to Boston’s succe s this year, that it’sat least worth asking this question: Does the 40-year-old Ortiz belong in the American League MVP conversation?First, a quick look back. In his first five seasons with the Red Sox his Age 27-31 seasons Ortiz finished in the top five of the AL MVP voting all five years. He was fifth in 2003, fourth in 2004, second in 2005, third in 2006 and fourth in 2007. He received a total of 16 first-place votes in those five seasons (with a high of 11 in 2005, when Alex Rodriguez edged him out, 331 to 307).MORE: Who is https://www.tigersedges.com/detroit-tigers/willie-horton-jersey the best manager in baseball? The worst?Ortiz’s average production in those five seasons: 147 games, .302/.402/.612,1.014 OPS, 41 doubles, 42 homers, 128 RBIs, 93 walks, 112 strikeouts and a 5.0 rWAR.And Nick Castellanos Jersey here are Ortiz’s numbers for 2016: 132 games, .318/.405/.629,1.034 OPS, 45 doubles, 33 homers, 111 RBIs, 72 walks, 72 strikeouts, 4.5 rWAR (with 19 games left on the schedule).Pretty darn similar, eh?Now, I want to take a moment to state the obvious: What Ortiz did from 2003-07 has exactly zero bearing on the 2016 AL MVP race. Of course. Each and every MVP/Cy Young/Rookie of the Year vote is about the individual candidates in any given season, not historical statistical plateaus.The reason for the look back at Ortiz’s numbers is just to show how good he’s been this season.He’s been really productive that OPS leads the AL, by the way and so very important to his team’s postseason chances. That’s usually a great MVP combination. But the reality is, Ortiz has zero chance of receiving even a single first-place vote this season.This season doesn’t have a single no-brainer candidate; instead, there are five stars with legit claims for first-place votes Jose Altuve, Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, Manny Machado and Mookie Betts. If you see an AL MVP voter, be nice. Those folks have tough decisions to make.MORE: Will Yankees fans moon David Ortiz?But the MVP ballots sent out by the BBWAA have 10 spots, and I expect that Ortiz will be listed several times in spots six through 10. He’s in that second tier of MVP candidates, along with Adrian Beltre, Miguel https://www.tigersedges.com/detroit-tigers/victor-martinez-jersey Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Brian Dozier, Ian Kinsler, Francisco Lindor, Dustin Pedroia and Kyle Seager, to name a few (in alphabetical order).So, no, Ortiz won’t get the sixth top-five MVP finish of his career. But he could match his 10th-place finish of 2013, which is the only time since 2007 he’s received more than one 10th-place vote.And that’s a pretty good way to wrap up a career.

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