How did these guys get voted MVP?

Sometimes there's seemingly no rhyme or reason to who wins baseball's MVP awards. Story

Updated: August 5, 2008, 3:56 PM ET
By Jonah Keri | Special to Page 2

MVP voters often work backward when making their choices.

First, they look at the four teams that made the playoffs from each league. Then, they attempt to figure out how they got to the postseason, and which player was most responsible for that success. If a player puts up big numbers in one category -- say, a .350 batting average, 50 homers or 150 RBIs -- his chances of winning are even better.

If the Angels win the AL West and K-Rod rings up 60 saves, voters might ...

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