Give A-Rod the AL MVP

With an unimpressive field, this is finally the season for Alex Rodriguez to win the AL MVP.

Originally Published: September 16, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Maybe, just maybe, it's dummy-proof this season.

The American League MVP, I mean.

Every year, the voters look for a reason to not vote for Alex Rodriguez.

In 1996, Rodriguez was the best player in the American League, but finished second (behind Juan Gonzalez) because voters are obsessed with RBI men on first-place teams.

In 1998, Rodriguez was the second-best player in the American League (behind Albert Belle), but finished second (behind Juan Gonzalez) because ...

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