Colorado Rockies Rundown: Minors, Barnes, Miller, Hoffman, Arenado’s MVP

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Aug 23, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman N. Arenado (28) during the game against the New York Mets at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Nolan Arenado for MVP?


Jeff Nelson (yes, the former player) has a piece up on MLB Network that argues for Arenado to be considered as a possible Most Valuable Player in the National League. We’ll run a poll about this later today, but in short: great! Nolan needs and deserves more recognition! He’s having an MVP-quality season.

But… let’s be honest. He plays for an awful team. It’s tough to give an MVP award to a guy for a team that might legitimately be the worst club in the Major Leagues when the dust settles in three weeks.

[ Related: Now are the Colorado Rockies Arenado’s team? ]

I’m not old school/purist enough to think that the MVP must always go to a good player on a great team by default, but I’m also a realist; will national media vote for an often nationally-ignored player on a very nationally-ignored, irrelevant team? I won’t hold my breath.

Now, if the Rockies got better in the next few years and Arenado kept developing the way we all think (and hope) he can, well, we might just have a future MVP in our midst, for sure.

Next: Jeff Hoffman, revisited