This is part 3 of my postseason awards ballot. Again, the listed stats are not the only ones I considered.
1. Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals - .357/.462/.653, 96.8 VORP, 13.0 WARP1, 6.39 WPA
2. Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros - .312/.420/.567, 72.2 VORP, 10.9 WARP1, 6.71 WPA
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins - .301/.400/.540, 80.7 VORP, 10.3 WARP1, 4.74 WPA
4. David Wright, 3B, Mets - .302/.390/.534, 66.2 VORP, 9.6 WARP1, 4.18 WPA
5. Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies - .292/.380/.535, 62.2 VORP, 10.4 WARP1, 1.47 WPA
Honorable Mention - Chipper Jones, Ryan Braun, Carlos Beltran
The gap between Pujols and Berkman is intentional, to demonstrate how far ahead of everyone else Mr. Pujols was this season. He should be the unanimous MVP. His season at the plate was historically great, and he is the best defensive 1B in the game. Those who feel Wright's struggles with RISP warrant putting him lower on this ballot should note that he was 6th in the league in WPA (a kind-of, sort-of measure of "clutchness").
1. Joe Mauer, C, Twins - .328/.413/.451, 55.5 VORP, 9.6 WARP1, 4.88 WPA
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox - .326/.376/.493, 62.3 VORP, 9.8 WARP1, 3.29 WPA
3. Grady Sizemore, CF, Indians - .268/.375/.502, 62.7 VORP, 8.1 WARP1, 3.48 WPA
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B, Red Sox - .312/.390/.569, 55.8 VORP, 8.4 WARP1, 2.33 WPA
5. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, Yankees - .302/.392/.573, 65.6 VORP, 8.9 WARP1, 0.47 WPA
Honorable Mention - Carlos Quentin, Josh Hamilton, Milton Bradley
This race is much closer, but I went with Mauer mainly because he plays the toughest position on the field and led the league in WPA. If the award went to Mauer, Pedroia, Sizemore or Youkilis, I would not be surprised/upset.
Check out this link for the Internet Baseball Awards voting. I did not participate, although I gladly would have. Maybe I could take the place of the possibly braindead participant who voted Scott Schoeneweis #2 for NL MVP, and John Maine #1 for NL Cy Young.