Congrats, Barry

As ESPN.com’s Ray Ratto points out, Barry took all the fun out of the NL MVP voting this year by being just too good.

As for the AL MVP race, there’s no question who the best player in the American League is — Alex Rodriguez by a long shot. The irony is that by signing for such a huge sum, A-Rod has taken away the Rangers’ ability to compete for free-agent talent except for guys nobody else wants to deal with, like John Rocker and Carl Everett.

So because his team stinks, A-Rod is denied the personal recognition he so richly deserves. Funny how things work out, huh?