By Danny Picard
BOSTON — I don’t even think it’s up for debate. David Ortiz is the most valuable player in all of Major League Baseball.
That, obviously, would make him my choice for American League MVP.
Full disclosure: Ortiz’ retirement at the end of this season is going to hit me pretty hard, when it actually hits me. Perhaps that won’t be until next season, when I’m watching the Red Sox on Opening Day and wondering why the hell Big Papi isn’t in the lineup.
Still, my choice for Ortiz as the AL MVP has no sentimental value. It’s strictly based on the numbers, the eye test, and the answer to a very important question.
Who else would you rather have in your lineup?