I had the pleasure of competitively participating in 10 fantasy baseball leagues (eight Yahoo, two ESPN) of varying types (rotisserie, head-to-head rotisserie, points, head-to-head points) and each format produced a slightly different Top 10. Let's take a look at the results from five different formats:
ESPN Player Rater
1. Pujols; 2. Reyes; 3. H. Ramirez; 4. Holliday; 5. Wright; 6. M. Ramirez; 7. Berkman; 8. Pedroia; 9. A. Rodriguez; 10. Sizemore
1. Pujols; 2. Wright; 3. M. Ramirez; 4. H. Ramirez; 5. Berkman; 6. Holliday; 7. Reyes; 8. Hamilton; 9. Beltran; 10. A. Rodriguez
ESPN Head-to-Head Points
1. Pujols; 2. Wright; 3. Beltran; 4. Utley; 5. Pedroia; 6. Teixeira; 7. Berkman; 8. Reyes; 9. Sizemore; 10. McLouth
1. Pujols; 2. Reyes; 3. Beltran; 4. Wright; 5. Sizemore; 6. Berkman; 7. Pedroia; 8. H. Ramirez; 9. Teixeira; 10. Utley
ESPN Head-to-Head Rotisserie
1. Pujols; 2. Berkman; 3. H. Ramirez; 4. Holliday; 5. Wright; 6. Sizemore; 7. Reyes; 8. M. Ramirez; 9. Beltran; 10. Utley
Clearly, Albert Pujols was the best offensive player of the year and more impressively, he did it all with one elbow tied behind his back. What I found most interesting though was how many National League players we listed in each format before the first American League player showed up. And even more surprisingly, that first AL player tended to be a Mr. Dustin Pedroia.
So I am going to use this information to select the top three in the AL and NL MVP Awards.
AL MVP Winner: Dustin Pedroia
2nd Place: Grady Sizemore
3rd Place: Josh Hamilton
NL MVP Winner: Albert Pujols
2nd Place: David Wright
3rd Place: Hanley Ramirez
Who are your top three AL and NL MVP Award standings?
Next up ... the pitchers.