When arguments like these become available in major sports websites, maybe it’s time for us UmpBumpers to just quit and spend the rest of our days writing extensively and exclusively about the worldwide gross totals of The Dark Knight (almost at $450MM and counting!):
If Tampa Bay surrenders its lead in the AL East in the next three weeks, Rays’ rookie third baseman Evan Longoria will become a top candidate for Most Valuable Player.
Oh boy. These are the words of Gerry Fraley, a writer for The Sporting News. He has also written for other known publications such as the Philadelphia Bulletin, Atlanta Constitution and The Dallas Morning News.
And from what I understand, here’s the basic argument concocted by Mr. Fraley. Evan Longoria, the injured rookie third baseman of the Tampa Bay Rays, will show that he deserves the AL MVP in 2008 because he won’t be helping the team in any way shape or form while he is on the disabled list. By not hitting, fielding, pitching, fungo-ing, peppering, soft-tossing, fetching refreshing bottles of Gatorade, or even blowing into the faces of his teammates to cool them down after a hot inning, he will prove that he is the MVP.
This might be akin to saying that Johnny Bench is the MVP of the 2008 Cincinatti Reds. Or that Trevor Hoffman circa 1998 is the 2008 MVP for the Padres.
Hat tip to Rays Index for the link.