Most valuable players of the last decade in the MLB. Greatest players in Major League Baseball.

Just like in every other sport, the major league baseball also has its own MVP award of course. The most valuable player award is an annual award given to one outstanding player in each league of Major League Baseball since 1931, the award was named MVP on that year although before 1931 different recognitions were given to outstanding baseball players: from 1911 through 1914 Chalmers Automobile Company gave a free Chalmers automobile to the player with the highest batting average in the MLB. After this, during the period 1922 through 1929 the American League Trophy Committee was formed and their main goal was to “honor the baseball player who is of greatest all-round service to his club and credit to the sport during each season…”.

Finally in the year 1930, the Baseball Writers Association of America took a poll in October 1929 to choose an unofficial Most Valuable Player in the MLB and this one is considered to be the beginning of the modern MVP award for Baseball. During the past 7 years, these are the most impressive and recognizable players of the MLB:

Year

National League

American League

2000

Jeff Kent, San Francisco Giants

Jason Giambi, Oakland Athletics

2001

Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners

2002

Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

Miguel Tejada, Oakland Athletics

2003

Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

Alex Rodriguez, Texas Rangers

2004

Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

Vladimir Guerrero, Anaheim Angels

2005

Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

2006

Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins

2007

Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

As you can see Giants’ Barry Bonds is basically a regular winning this award and although the decade is not over yet, a lot of changes might come along to surprise us, specially fot the National League awards, where San Francisco seems to own relentlessly.

NFL Drug Problems

Baseball and Football are currently sharing the honors of being the two professional sports with more drug-related problems in America.

 

The MLB just had its dose of the “Mitchell Report”, and now is the turn for the San Diego Union tribune to come up with a similar report, but this time showing the names of NFL football players that have had drug issues on the past.

 

The list includes names 185 names dating to 1962 and 85 since 1993. And among those names are listed 52 former pro-bowlers and four hall of famers.

 

The sports players report relies on media reports, public records, interviews and different archives, and it involves only drugs that are now classified as “performance-enhancing or steroids and related substances” not alcohol, marijuana or cocaine.

 

One of the most sounded cases is the one from OT Korey Stringer, whom died of a heatstroke in 2001 while practicing at Vikings training camp. His death is related to a drug called ephedra.

 

The World Anti-Doping Agency or WADA is struggling with the NFL so they add more names to their list of only 10 banned stimulants, while at the WADA’s list there are 50 listed.

 

Until now, the war against drugs at the NFL is a passive one, as a proof, we have the cases of Shawne Merriman of the Chargers and Rodney Harrison of the Patriots, who were suspended for steroids but were allowed to be voted for the Pro-Bowl.

 

Gary Wadler, who serves as Chair of the organization’s prohibited list and methods committee, said that the NFL is probably scared that if a deeper investigation takes place, Football superstars might suffer suspensions ranging from 2 to 4 years.

 

If there is a moment to take this drug-issue at the NFL seriously is now. A time when finally a group of reporters decided to follow the steps of US Senator George E. Mitchell and brought to light a problem that can be correct with proper testing… not by the NFL but by the WADA.