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NL MVP: Pujols vs. Ramirez vs. Lincecum

JESSICA BADER: No pitcher has finished in the top five since 2000, and while I’m not confident that we’ll see that streak broken this year, I think it should be. Tim Lincecum is having another fantastic year. The Freak has accumulated 7.8 WAR, behind only Albert Pujols (8.3) and Chase Utley (8.0).

CHRIS PUMMER: It will be hard for anyone to wrestle the award away from Albert Pujols, who’s having maybe his finest offensive season. He’s also no slouch with the glove for a first baseman. Still, Florida’s Hanley Ramirez and Philladelphia’s Chase Utley deserve consideration.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Jessica and Chris make great points. Certainly, pitchers do deserve consideration for this award, and in ordinary seasons, Tim Lincecum could well be that top choice. I feel sorry for Hanley Ramirez, having an MVP-quality season, and especially Chase Utley, who despite being the best player on his team, will not receive an MVP award, unlike both Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard.

But Albert Pujols is a living god, and merely giving him the MVP award doesn’t do him justice. However, it will have to do. Continue reading

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