Ortiz's impact on Boston overstated

David Ortiz simply did not deserve to finish as high as fifth in the American League MVP voting.

Updated: November 19, 2003, 8:44 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Tomorrow we'll discuss the National League MVP voting much as I did yesterday with that of the American League. That was a fun column to write and it generated a lot of great mail. Most of you were in agreement with most of what I said. The main point of contention came on my opinion that David Ortiz did not deserve to finish as high as fifth. The arguments used in his favor were that he performed well in the clutch and played well down the stretch.

First of all, what is your definition of "Clutch?" If it's any of the following, then Mr. Ortiz was not even the best clutch hitter on his team:

Slugging average with runners on: .512 (fourth on team)
With runners in scoring position: .482 (fifth on team)
Scoring position, two out: .571 (third on team)
Bases loaded: .600 (third on team)


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Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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