MVP of MLB should be about performance, not factors like whether you’re on a playoff team or an east coast team. It’s not about being the “comeback player of the year,” it’s about performing on a day-to-day basis. Albert Pujols not only does that, his year-to-year performance ain’t too bad either.
He may be the most consistent player in any sport ever. If he were publicly traded on Wall Street, he’d be the one stock that delivers steady growth, shaking off recessions and the collapse of the country’s banking and mortgage structure, while others fall to pieces.
It’s boring to be consistent and dependable. Everybody has slumps, but when you look at the big picture, Pujols is mostly valuable. But that’s not how the sportswriters (or the fans) see it.