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Big Papi was more clutch than A-Rod

Originally Published: November 14, 2005
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The MVP award wasn't about defense the year Jose Canseco won it.

The MVP award wasn't about defense the years Juan Gonzalez won it.

The MVP award wasn't about defense the years Frank Thomas won it.

But suddenly, this year, defense mattered. And Alex Rodriguez will be eternally grateful, we're sure.

A-Rod had himself another spectacular season, all right. Nobody denies that. But is there any doubt that the only reason he just won his second MVP trophy was that he's a member of the ...

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