You can’t turn on MLB Network or ESPN right now without people discussing the MVP races going on as baseball heads into the final weeks. However, as intense the National League MVP race is, with many viable candidates, it’s the American League that is causing the most debate.
This lead me to ask ladies of Aerys Sports 3 very simple questions:
1) What makes a player an MVP?
Cheryl Norman, writer for SouthSide Hit Girl (White Sox): This one always causes a bit of internal debate. Are you looking at the best player or are you looking at the player who means the most to a particular team. Then on top of that, there is the question of whether a player who means a ton and is the best player on a bad team worthy of consideration. I think i would like to see the award go to the player who, that without his contributions, his team is a completely different team.In other words, if you took that player off that team, that team might potentially have no relevance because that player’s contributions are so outstanding that you notice he is missing. If I use that criterion, then a lot of the “best” players in the game might not qualify because his team would still win and do quite fine without him being there.
Terri, writer for Tales from the JuiceBox (Astros): I think an MVP is the player without whom the team doesn’t work or succeed. For a whole league, it’s that player, but on a serious contender team. Yep, contender. If you’re the best player on my Houston Astros this year, sorry, but them’s the breaks.
Kristine, writer for The Green Room (NY Jets): What Terri said.
Heather, writer for View from Section 116 (Phillies): An MVP is a player that obviously has the good stats, but its not just about the numbers. Its stepping up at the right time, making the smart plays, and the one player teammates can count on and draw from.
Miranda, writer for Aaron Miles Fastball (Cardinals):
A player is an MVP when it is obvious that you have the team would be completely different without them. They are leaders on the field and in the clubhouse.
Val, a facebook contributor: Someone who is an all around player. Batting average is a big factor in who gets the MVP.
Me: An MVP is the one that contributes most to a a contending team. The team doesn’t necessarily have to make it to the postseason, but have to be fighting for a spot until the bitter end. If you take that one player off the team, then that team has no hope for the even a playoff push.