Dan Daly: Pedroia propelled by slugger shortage

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4. Joe Mauer, Twins - How could you give the award to a 6-5, 220-pound guy who hit fewer homers (nine) than Pedroia?

3. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox - “The Greek God of …” is a great start to a nickname. It’s the “Walks” that kills him.

2. Justin Morneau, Twins - How could you give the award to a 6-4, 205-pound guy whose slugging percentage (.499) was only six points higher than Pedroia’s?

See how easy it is to dismiss all the other contenders? Only in a year like this could an Everyman like Pedroia win the MVP Award. And as a person who has a great deal of experience being 5-9 - or thereabouts - I have a hard time finding fault with it.

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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