Which leads to the question of whether NYY could've finished first without ARod. Or the Cards without Pujols. I bet they could have.
I HATE that method of finding a MVP. It is an individual award. Why should A-Rod/Pujols be punished because they play for a good team? It is really simple to me, The MVP is the most valuable player, and because ALL areas of the game are equally valuable, ALL areas of the game come into consideration when crowning an MVP. Sure power numbers are flashy and help your cause, but as the case for Papi, it doesn't promise an MVP. A-Rod/Pujols both had the power numbers and both played fantastic defense, but so did Jones, so what is the deal with that? Well, the basic formula for winning MVP is having a great offense season on a winning team, while playing AT LEAST sufficient defense and having some other positive, sometimes nonstatistical, appeal. A-Rod and Pujols deserved these awards regardless of what you 2 Red Sox and single Braves fan say.