Chuck Biscuits - Cobb Times Herald
As the season winds down the debate over who should take home the hardware heats up. Here is a look at the contenders and pretenders for the major awards.
Contenders: Hades Booker, Jose Barrios: Barrios has more homers and RBI's, Booker has a better average and has scored more runs. Either player would be featured in any lineup. Both are solid gold choices.
Pretenders: Josh Price, Vasco Chantres: Both Price and Chantres are having fine seasons, but Price is hurt by the fact that he split time between the AL and NL, and Chantres, while enjoying a fine rebirth this season, doesn't quite have the numbers of the front runners.
Dark Horses: Milt Serafini, Domingo Montana: Serafini is tearing it up in his rookie season, and should be a shoo in for the rookie of the year award, but it will be tougher though to get the MVP. Montana is carrying the Pollocks on his back, but will it be enough to top Barrios or Booker?
And the winner is... Barrios by a hair over Booker. The Times Herald digs the long ball, and Barrios rides his power to a third MVP.
Contenders: Ken Puffer, Samuel Kennedy: The top two run producers in the AL, Puffer is hitting for a very high average, and Kennedy is clubbing the lights out.
Pretenders: Alfredo Cruz, Thomas Hill: Cruz may swipe 100 bags, but he can't steal the MVP. Hill is playing well, but not at the level of Puffer or Kennedy.
Dark Horses: Donte Wright, Orber Olivo: Wright is riding the New Kids reunion high and playing lights out, and Olivo is still crunk'd up with Lil' John in Helena, both could crash the MVP party.
And the winner is... Puffer by a handful. Puffer is a one man show in Scranton, and his play has helped get the Dragons further into contention than Kennedy's has helped the Dogs.