Colorado Rockies Poll: Could Nolan Arenado Win NL MVP?
By Bobby DeMuro
Jun 30, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman N. Arenado (28) smiles during batting practice before the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies’ third baseman is having a special season offensively and defensively, but is it enough to be considered for the National League MVP?
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There’s no question that Nolan Arenado is having one of the more special seasons in the history of Colorado Rockies, and especially in the history of Rockies third basemen.
Now, though, he’s getting notice from the national media as experts around the league start to rally the cry that Arenado ought to be considered for the MVP in the National League.
But does he really have a shot? Forget his offensive numbers (which are good enough), or his defense (which goes above and beyond for the award, as well as what will hopefully be another Gold Glove), it seems to me sort of… difficult… to give an MVP award to a player on a team that still has a shot to be the worst club in the Major Leagues.
Not taking anything away from Nolan, and I know MVP awards are personal, rather than team-based, but something in me feels funny about giving it to a player on such a bad team. Now I’m not about to swing the opposite way and argue the award should automatically go to a good player on a great team (though Andrew McCutchen is certainly in the race), but there’s a happy medium there.
I think it’d be prudent to consider winners like McCutchen, guys like Bryce Harper and Paul Goldschmidt, and, hell, maybe even Carlos Gonzalez if he keeps his pace up (two MVP candidates on one bad team? Really?).
But what about you?
As always, you know what do to: tweet us @RoxPileFS, or me @BobbyDeMuro and we can debate the MVP race as we see the Colorado Rockies kick away another season under the setting Rocky Mountain sun.