Rodriguez the league's best player

With no obvious choice from among the teams that are contending, Alex Rodriguez deserves the MVP.

Updated: September 17, 2003, 9:37 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Here's a name one usually doesn't see in a baseball column: Cher. There are many good reasons for that, of course, chief among them that her constituency and baseball's are nearly mutually exclusive. But Cher's movie career has a bearing on the 2003 American League MVP Award.

In 1985, Cher starred in a movie called "Mask" and her performance was hailed as brilliant. She was not even nominated for an Academy Award that year. Two years later, she made a slight comedy called "Moonstruck," in which she often forgot to do the New York accent she was affecting and was given the Oscar for Best Actress. Many said at the time that she was really being retroawarded for the overlooked "Mask" performance.

What the heck, you ask, does this have to do with this year's AL MVP race? Let's review the career of Alex Rodriguez and his placement in the MVP voting from each year:
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