As a Tampa Bay Rays fan I am happy to see Carl Crawford win the MVP, but as a baseball fan I can provide arguments for some other player(s) to win. Carl Crawford did "grab" Brad Hawpe's ball out of mid air but Rays fans are used to seeing that flash of Defense in the Trop. I mean B.J. Upton plays a shallow center or deep infield every night and chases down a white ball on a white background every home game.
Carl Crawford went 1-3 with a single and he didn't even do what got him there...steal a base. Now he didn't have the most hits in the game but no one had a two hit game. And it was a great defensive play but if the AL would have turned a double play to save a run would that trio have won the MVP??
Speaking of multiple winners, it has happened once in 1975, I wasn't there or alive but it was Madlock and Matlack....were the voter confused??? I think you have to look at the pitchers of the AL. After "ace" Roy Halladay left the game the bullpen gave up one hit in seven innings. Paplebon got the win, Nathan got the Hold and Rivera got the Save. I say give it to the trio of closers.
I think Curtis Granderson had more of an impact than C.C. Granderson hustled for a clutch triple. And scored on a sac fly....a lost art in baseball. If a walk is as good as a hit then a sac fly is as good as a run scoring double and a LOB.
It has been a great year for Rays fans. Last year we had two All Stars for the first time, both had an impact in the AL's win. Went to the World Series. Got five players to the All Star game, our whole infield. And we won the MVP of the All Star game. I am very happy for the Rays but I have to throw the argument out there.