Re: AL mvp....
The key word in any MVP debate is "Valuable". What makes a player Valuable? What makes the MVP Award itself Valuable?
If you don't give the award to the best player then what is the point of giving out such an "award" at all? It is a meaningless trophy if it doesn't go to the best player.
I think almost everyone will agree that winning the MVP Award definitely does not indicate you were the best player. Right? Is there anyone who wants to claim that the MVP Award tells us who the best player was each year? Nobody believes that. So what Value does the award really have? What does it mean? Why should we care?
Looking back at history the award is usually given to a player that was quite clearly not the best. If you really want to know who the best player was in any given year the MVP Award won't guide you to the right guy. I just don't see why I should care about the MVP Award, it clearly doesn't mean much.
Giving an MVP Award to the 2nd-best player makes just about as much sense as giving the championship title to a 2nd-place team. Now baseball does both.