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We asked:

Was the Boston Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia a weak choice as American League MVP?

No, but: Frank Piper

Out of all of the possible options for this year's AL MVP, Dustin Pedroia, on paper, has impressed and led in almost every statistical category. People give the young man grief for his lack of power, but 17 home runs for a kid who is 180 lbs. and under 5-foot-10, now let's think of how many Alex Rios (who has been deemed a more powerful hitter) got this season. Our man is 6-foot-5 inches and had only 15 home runs.

People forget the point of voting for the MVP in baseball: It should not be about who is the best offensive threat. I'm glad Pedroia was picked. Instead of going for the first guy who can hit 40 home runs, they've added variety, by choosing the best all-round player in the American League this season. With his high average (.326), Gold Glove, his 213 hits, the American League MVP deservedly has been given to a guy I like to call Bust'n Destroya!

He's a Jimmy Rollins-style pick. Rollins, who won the NL MVP in 2007, is not known as an elite power hitter, like this year's Philly MVP candidate, Ryan Howard.

Pedroia's average was indeed impressive, but it bows down and kisses the ground, in comparison with the numbers of 2008 NL MVP Albert Pujols (.357, with 37 home runs).

The NL played much better this season from the offensive side of the ball, whereas in the AL, you had zero players with an average over .330. If any other players deserved the MVP, it would be the Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau -- who impressed but could not produce success for his team -- and the Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton, who blew me away with his numbers in the first half of the season. Hamilton, a former drug addict, has been an inspirational story to all, and we will learn more when they make a movie.

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