As we all know, there are many players on the Cardinals that we could have as MVP. We also know that there can only be one. In my opinion, (and everyone seems to agree), either Yadier Molina or Matt Carpenter should be selected as the 2013 MVP. We could all go on and on about who and why these two amazing ball players should be selected as MVP. MVP should be awarded to a player who has shown true dedication to their team, and someone who has really helped their team to where they might be now. Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina has both shown that this 2013 season. Let’s compare Matt and Yadier.
Yadier Molina is clearly a St. Louis favorite. He is one of the best catchers in the MLB. With five gold gloves, and amazing defensive and offensive skills, he has proven himself very worthy for the MVP. Defensively, like I said, he is one of the best around in the National League, if not, the entire MLB. This season, he has thrown out almost 50 percent of base runners. That alone is very, very impressive. He works very well with his pitchers, knowing what their style is, how to calm them down, and he knows all of their strengths and weaknesses. He is truly a one of a kind catcher to have on the team. On the other hand, he is also amazingly impressive when he holds a baseball bat. This season, Molina has had, so far, about one hundred and fifty hits, twelve home runs, and seventy RBI’s, and an over-all season batting average at .316.
So not only is Molina a great baseball player, he is also one of the classiest players in the MLB. That alone very well deserves a MVP award. There’s nothing better than a classy baseball player who loves and lives for the game. He’s one of those catchers that if a hitter at bat gets hit, then he steps between the pitcher and hitter. If there’s a hitter who is having his last game of their career, Molina will call time out so that team’s fans can give that player a standing ovation. It’s the little things that count, Yadi. Props to you, my friend.
Now on to Matt Carpenter. When the name “Matt Carpenter” pops into my head, I think of an astonishing baseball player. Just like Yadier Molina, he is very impressive on the field and at the plate. One of the main reasons that Matt Carpenter should be MVP is because of his defense. For anybody who doesn’t know this, Matt Carpenter has never really played second base before the 2013 season. If you look back at highlights of this season, you can see a lot of eye-popping plays that Matt has made. The leaps, the jumps, diving left, diving right, double play here, double play there. This guy seems to be pretty much unstoppable. He also has a great time at the plate. This season, Carpenter so far has one hundred and ninety-three hits, fifty-three doubles, seven triples, ten home runs, and seventy-six RBI’s. He has also hit countless multi-hit games just this season. He is just an all around great baseball player.
So who is it going to be? Most people would expect Molina to be the MVP. But really, if you look at them both and compare, they both very well deserve the MVP this season. We are very lucky to have them both apart of this team, clearly. I could go on and on about these two wonderful players and what they have done for this team, this season alone. They are going to have a tough time with this selection this year!
On another note, happy almost Postseason everybody! I’m excited to see what the Cardinals have in store for us. Should be a very interesting rest of the month!
Keep flying, Cardinal Nation.