Joe Torre, the 1971 NL MVP, won't argue with Ramirez's impact, but doesn't consider his MVP candidacy likely because of the four months Ramirez wasn't a Dodger.
"I don't think it's going to happen. Two months is really tough," said Torre. "You look at [Albert] Pujols and some of the things he's done all the time. To me, it's depending on your interpretation of an MVP. He could be considered if we go on to the postseason. Without him, it probably wouldn't happen. To that point, sure, it doesn't matter how long he's been here."
Torre remembers the controversy when he won the award playing for the second-place Cardinals over Willie Stargell, whose Pirates went on to win the World Series.
"That's part of the argument," Torre said. "I had the best year of anybody and went home. I don't disagree, if we get there, without him we wouldn't have made it. The division was so bunched up, he made the difference."
In 41 games since joining the Dodgers from the Red Sox, Ramirez is hitting .385 with 14 homers, 10 doubles and 41 RBIs. He finished in the top 10 of MVP voting in the American League eight consecutive seasons from 1998-2005, finishing as high as third twice.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less