ok, i was thrilled the SOx thread grew so big, even if it was the same 6 or 7 people who are the only baseball fans
couple opinions Im after:
1) who is the ideal lead off hitter. I personally think Ichiro would be an unbelievable asset to a team like the Sox, Yanks, or Orioles. anybody who gets on base as often as him needs to have some offense behind him. he could also go for most runs in a season if he had a better backup. HOWEVER, please dont call this biased since Im a redsox fan. but Damon is a leadoff hitter who is hitting over 300, 20 HR's, and 89 RBIs, that is outstanding for a leadoff hitter. Patterson on the Cubs when healthy is a candidate for best as well. and it is hard to argue Jeter as not a good leadoff hitter.
2) who are your MVP candidates? AL: Ramirez, Ortiz, Sheffield, Guerrero, Tejada. NL: Bonds, Pujols, Rolen, Edmonds, Estrada(total black sheep i know)
However, my personal opinion is that the MVP MUST come from a team that makes the postseason, otherwise they cant possibly be that valuable of a player.
3) Cy Young: still a hair too early to decide.