I know what you're all thinking...'How can anyone make an argument against Joe Mauer not being the AL MVP?' And no, I'm not one of those people that thinks the MVP has to be from a team that goes to the playoffs either. My answer as to why is simple: Run Production. Mauer is currently on pace to have 97 RBI and 96 runs scored by the end of the season. Can you name the last non-pitcher to win AL MVP without having triple-digits in either of those categories? I doubt it. Well, the answer is Elston Howard for the New York Yankees in 1963! Yes he is close in those categories, but it's unlikely he'll get to triple digits in either of those categories (especially without having Morneau to protect him for the rest of the year). You can name all these sabermetrics, and average numbers including OP ...
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