MVP debate erupts on WBAL
O's beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec touched off a debate on my radio show yesterday over who would be elected Orioles MVP if the voting were to take place right now.
Zrebiec insisted that it should be Nick Markakis, based on his strong all-around performance and, evidently, some kind of man crush.
Producer Greg Bianco went with Jeremy Guthrie, who has been the most consistent pitcher on the Orioles staff.
I chose Aubrey Huff, not just because he leads the team in home runs and is on pace for 105 RBI, but because he was the guy who put the swagger back into the Orioles offense.
You could make a case for all three -- and I'm sure some you will be able to make a case against them. It's also possible to argue in favor of George Sherrill, Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora, Jim Johnson and even Kevin Millar (if you give points for unusual grooming). Can't remember the last time the Orioles had six or seven players having good enough seasons to warrant MVP consideration.
When the Orioles hand out the MVP ballots during the final week of the season, there will be spaces for three choices, but why wait?
Here's my Top Three:
Remember, we're not predicting who will be the MVP at the end of the season. We're casting our ballots now, based on the performance of the players through Sunday's game. I'll add up all the votes, assigning five points for each first-place vote, three for each second and one for each third, and announce the Aug. 11 Orioles MVP tonight.