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Ellsbury deserved better

Red Sox center fielder's career year should have won him the MVP

Updated: November 22, 2011, 8:55 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Time and again during the 2011 season, Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury robbed opponents of hits and extra bases with his stellar defense. He has left opposing pitchers, infielders and outfielders in awe with his base-stealing speed.

But on Monday he was the one robbed.

Ellsbury enjoyed a career season and it landed him as the runner-up behind Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander for the American League MVP award.

Verlander received 13 of 28 first-place ...

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