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Chicago White Sox: 3 legitimate AL MVP candidates

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CHICAGO - APRIL 15: Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox poses with his cap and a baseball to be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame, to commemorate the no-hitter he threw the night before against the Cleveland Indians, prior to the game on April 15, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 15: Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox poses with his cap and a baseball to be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame, to commemorate the no-hitter he threw the night before against the Cleveland Indians, prior to the game on April 15, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox, Carlos Rodon
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SP. Chicago White Sox. Carlos Rodon. 55. player. 128.

Carlos Rodon has been everything the Chicago White Sox needed and more in 2021.

Yes, I do know that it’s a longshot for pitchers to earn an MVP award. In fact, it likely won’t happen but Carlos Rodon is one heck of a pitcher and needs some recognition. The Cy Young award may end up being his but the AL MVP would be even better.

Rodon, known for his no-hitter earlier this year also earned a trip to the All-Star game. His ERA, through July 26th, is 2.24. He has won eight games. He’s a machine when he is out on the pitching mound and has really helped this team out. If he can continue playing as well as he has been, people might consider him for the AL MVP honors. It’s going to take a lot to get by some of the other players that may be up for the honor.

Maybe Rodon isn’t the best of the bunch but he’s worthy of a look as the AL MVP. Some people may think that he doesn’t have a shot, and maybe he doesn’t but if he finishes strong by continuing to play strong, there isn’t a question that he will at least get some consideration for the honor. At the least, he will likely earn the Cy Young Award for being one of the top pitchers in the league.

In closing, sure, it’s going to be hard to beat out guys like Shohei Ohtani, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., and others for the AL MVP but anything is possible. A strong finish by Abreu, Anderson, or Rodon could nudge them into the top spot and earn them the award. Being on a winning team will also help propel them to the top honor in the American League. The AL MVP race will be an interesting one to watch as the season goes on. Hopefully, when it’s all said and done, the White Sox have another MVP to add to their list of MVPs.

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