Seriously, please don't give it to him.
"It's nice that some people think I deserve it," Ramirez said. "I'd like to win it. But I have to be realistic. Someone who was only here for two months doesn't deserve it. It should go to someone who played the six months of the season."
Ramirez said he has resigned himself to the reality that he might never win an MVP award.
"I've played 16 years, I've been a pretty good player and I've never won it," he said. "It's not a big deal. I'll go on with my life."
Now, for the most part, Manny is right. He doesn't deserve to win it. But not because he's only played a half season in the NL.
And I could make the same argument that I made for CC Sabathia re: half season, playoff fortunes, difference maker, etc., except well ... for this from Gammons.
It's hard to talk about the MVP Award for Manny when the team that paid the Dodgers to take Ramirez is 27-13 without him through Sunday and have seen their runs per game increase from 4.94 at the time of the deal to 6.22 since.
Yes, yes it is. As good as the Dodgers have been ... well, the Red Sox have been better. And Manny's seen that, so he knows that while he makes a tremendous difference in the NL West, it's not like the Dodgers have been white hot the entire time. Or, you know, are a guarantee to finish above .500