"I know the argument for Andruw Jones as MVP is that, when the Braves were crumbling around him, he became a human tow truck, dragging them into first place. But did anyone outside of St. Louis notice that the Cardinals weren't exactly the coverboys for Health Magazine? Did anyone notice Scott Rolen, Larry Walker, Reggie Sanders and Yadier Molina were missing in action for weeks, for months? Did anyone notice that this team spent nearly 10 percent of this season with Yadier Molina, Mark Grudzielanek, So Taguchi, John Gall, John Rodriguez or John Mabry hitting in that cleanup hole behind Pujols? Did anyone notice that Pujols was the metronome in an offense that otherwise never found that 2004 rhythm? Did anyone notice that outside of home runs, Pujols blew away Jones in every major statistical category except RBIs? And did anyone notice that RBI gap might have had something to do with the fact that Jones got 46 more at-bats with runners in scoring position than Pujols (yep, 46) -- and it's a good thing, since Pujols hit .324 with men in scoring position, compared to Jones' (yikes) .209. I know that teams like the Cardinals rarely produce MVPs. But they produced one this year -- a fellow named Albert Pujols."
-- Jayson Stark, ESPN