Winners and Losers
Losers: The San Francisco Giants.
Losers: Anyone else, for even considering the guy.
Losers: Dusty Baker, for bailing on Frisco.
Losers: The Giants and Baker both, for not just admitting it was all about money.
Losers: The Cubs, because you overpaid and it wont matter anyway. You'll still suck.
Winners: The Giants, for signing Felipe Alou. I guess.
Losers: Bud Selig, same thing.
Losers: The Mets, for thinking Glavine has three years and thirty-plus million dollars worth of stuff left.
Winners: The Atlanta Braves, for letting Glavine bail. It's time. Better a year too early, and all that.
Losers: Tony Taveras.
Losers: The Boston Red Sox, for losing Billy Beane.
Losers: Art Howe, because the man can't get a nice thing written about him on either side of the country. Except here.
Losers: The Florida Marlins, for actually going through with it. Are those guys clueless or what? Man, the state of Florida has become a wasteland for regular season baseball. Not quite as bad as Texas, but getting there.
Winners: The Colorado Rockies. Perhaps there's hope.
Losers: The Atlanta Braves, for even thinking about adding Hampton to their staff. Leo Mazzone can rock all he wants. Nothing can bring that guy back from oblivion.
Losers: Everyone else. Had Hampton ended up in the Bronx, we wouldn't have had to hear another word about his hitting again. Ever.
Losers: Lou Piniella. Do I really need to explain this one?
Winners: Randy Winn, big-time.
Winners: The Cubs, for adding him. A nice little start.
Losers: Every last one of you dweebs who tabbed Alex Rodriguez for AL MVP.
If you don't get it, I'm not going to convince you, but I'll waste a minute of my life trying.
Look, it's very clearly called "The Most Valuable Player Award," not "Player of the Year" or "Offensive Stud of the Year" or "The Wow, and He's a Shortstop Too of the Year Award."
The Texas Rangers benefited from A-Rod's presence, OK. Like, duh. So what.
Yes, they would have lost 100 without him and only lost 90 with him. Good for them.
Hes a great player, an unbelievable shortstop. He's just not the 2002 AL MVP.
Miguel Tejada is, and an absolute prototype MVP.
.308, 34 and 131 is plenty. A-Rod's extra 23 homers are nice, but RBIs are what really matter, and his additional 11 in that category aren't nearly enough to deprive Tejada, who won countless big games for the A's, with dramatic at bats, throughout the entire schedule.
By contrast, after Opening Day, A-Rod played a grand total of, uh, zero big games for the Rangers. Minute's up
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