Barry looks like a lock for a seventh MVP, but as you can see from a few of these, there's always an idiot or two.
“To put a finer point on it, by the end of the regular season, Bonds will have contributed roughly 15 wins over what the Giants could've received from a readily available replacement. No one else can touch that kind of production.”
“There is one and only one candidate in the NL MVP race: He plays left field for the San Francisco Giants and his name is Barry Bonds.”
"I've always felt that OPS is the best stat in baseball, because it combines the key elements to a good offensive player, accounting for driving in runs and simply getting on base. Bonds leads them all by nearly 400 points!"
“Bonds continues to be off the charts, more than twice as indispensable as anyone else. His 1408 OPS is 613 points more than San Francisco's team figure. The next best in the majors is Colorado's Todd Helton at 256.
“With Bonds getting pitched around by most teams, Rolen has the best chance to become the first non-Giants player to win the NL MVP award since Atlanta's Chipper Jones in 1999.”
"But this year in the National League there are really no pennant races, and the wild-card team barely will have 90 victories, so this is a year when the MVP must come from a first-place team."
"And yes, let's talk numbers. Bonds not only leads baseball in most of your telling statistics (on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS and most of your other miscellaneous what-is-that-an-acronym-for numbers), he also has the best and worst stat ever.
Those zany walks."