Baseball BeatOctober 02, 2003
Time To Give A-Rod The Nod
By Rich Lederer


My American League MVP top ten list (excluding pitchers) is as follows:

Rank	Player	        Team	Pos
1	Alex Rodriguez	TEX	SS
2	Carlos Delgado	TOR	1B
3	Manny Ramirez	BOS	LF
4	Bret Boone	SEA	2B
5	Jorge Posada	NYY	C
6	Vernon Wells	TOR	CF
7	Bill Mueller	BOS	3B
T8	Nomar Garciaparra	BOS	SS
T8	Alfonso Soriano	NYY	2B
T10	Aubrey Huff	TB	RF
T10	Magglio Ordonez	CWS	RF
"THE QUAD" STATS
Rank	Player	        Team	Pos	TOB	OBP	TB	SLG
1	Alex Rodriguez	TEX	SS	283	.396	364	.600
2	Carlos Delgado	TOR	1B	300	.426	338	.593
3	Manny Ramirez	BOS	LF	290	.427	334	.587
4	Bret Boone	SEA	2B	258	.366	333	.535
5	Jorge Posada	NYY	C	238	.405	249	.518
6	Vernon Wells	TOR	CF	264	.359	373	.550
7	Bill Mueller	BOS	3B	237	.398	283	.540
T8	Nomar Garciaparra	BOS	SS	248	.345	345	.524
T8	Alfonso Soriano	NYY	2B	248	.338	358	.525
T10	Aubrey Huff	TB	RF	259	.367	353	.555
T10	Magglio Ordonez	CWS	RF	256	.380	331	.546

BA/OBP/SLG (OPS) STATS

Rank	Player	        Team	Pos	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS
1	Alex Rodriguez	TEX	SS	.298	.396	.600	.996
2	Carlos Delgado	TOR	1B	.302	.426	.593	1.019
3	Manny Ramirez	BOS	LF	.325	.427	.587	1.014
4	Bret Boone	SEA	2B	.294	.366	.535	.901
5	Jorge Posada	NYY	C	.281	.405	.518	.923
6	Vernon Wells	TOR	CF	.317	.359	.550	.909
7	Bill Mueller	BOS	3B	.326	.398	.540	.938
T8	Nomar Garciaparra	BOS	SS	.301	.345	.524	.869
T8	Alfonso Soriano	NYY	2B	.290	.338	.525	.863
T10	Aubrey Huff	TB	RF	.311	.367	.555	.922
T10	Magglio Ordonez	CWS	RF	.317	.380	.546	.926
No Ichiro Suzuki, everyone at ESPN's favorite one month ago. No Shannon Stewart and how he awoke the Twins. No David Ortiz and his clubhouse presence. No Miguel Tejada and his intensity. No Garret Anderson and his coolness. I'm just going by the facts. Pure and simple. Stats. Productivity. Objectivity. Cutting to the chase, A-Rod's stats are as good as anyone else's--and he plays a Gold Glove shortstop to boot. 'Nuff said.

Check back on Friday and Saturday for the National League "Quad" honorees and MVP top ten.

Richard Lederer
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