Nick or Brian for MVO?
I am writing this sitting in the press box at Camden Yards, where myriad baseball arguments are being tossed around as I type.
It’s September in Baltimore, we have to entertain ourselves somehow.
I may recycle a couple of them later, but I want to throw one at you today.
We have kicked around who should be the 2009 Most Valuable Oriole a couple times this season.
It has been an award of attrition. And now there are two candidates standing: second baseman Brian Roberts and right fielder Nick Markakis.
Injuries wiped out Brad Bergesen and Adam Jones (who had struggled in the second half anyway). Luke Scott’s post-break slump took him out of the competition, too.
George Sherrill might have had a chance had he stayed in Baltimore, but he and last year’s winner, Aubrey Huff, were shipped out.
That basically leaves Markakis, who leads the team in RBIs, batting average and is third in homers while playing a strong right field.
And Roberts, who leads the team in runs scored, is second in RBIs and set a franchise record for doubles Tuesday night with his 52nd of the season.
Both have had good years. Either is a fine choice.
I lean toward Markakis for the all-around game. Others argue for Roberts, because of the doubles.
I am sure some of you will say it doesn’t matter because being the MVO is akin to the world’s tallest midget.
But, to me, it is worth arguing/discussing. Really, what isn’t? So let’s do it.
Daily Think Special: Nick or Brian for MVO?