Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
Magglio Ordonez is the easy choice for the Tigers' MVP for the first quarter of the season; in fact, it's easy to say Ordonez is the first quarter MVP for all of baseball. Ordonez ranks among the league leaders in every offensive category, and more importantly, unlike A-Rod, his team is atop its division and one of the best in baseball. Curtis Granderson and Justin Verlander have definitely made even more strides in their second full seasons, but this team wouldn't be where it is today without the production of Ordonez.
Mark Anderson, Associate Editor, Minor Leagues
There have been a few guys with nice starts, Carlos Guillen, Curtis Granderson, Justin Verlander, Bobby Seay, and probably a few more, but I don't think there is any doubt the team's MVP at this point is Magglio Ordonez. The guy has been mashing the ball for nearly every game this season, striking fear in the hearts of opposing pitchers and managers. He looks like the former All-Star right fielder he used to be. Then you go and add in that impressive mop on his head, and you just can't ignore this guy as not only a team MVP candidate, but an American League MVP candidate (if there is such a thing at this early stage of the season). Without Maggs, this team is not battling with Clevland for the Division lead; but instead battling to catch up to the other three teams ahead of them. O-E-O, MAAAAGGLIO! O-E-O, MAAAGGLIO!
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think the Tigers MVP to this point is Magglio Ordonez. He has been incredibly consistent so far this year by hitting .344 in April and .349 so far this month. He has drawn more walks than strikeouts, and with the April struggles of Gary Sheffield and the overall lack of production from Pudge Rodriguez in the middle of the order, the Tigers have needed his production. With Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco at the top of the order, and a heating up Sheffield with Carlos Guillen's steady performance, it gives the Tigers one of the most formidable lineups through the first five batters in the game. Now if the bottom of the order can start to produce, this team will really start to score some runs, but Ordonez has done a terrific job in leading the Tigers offensively.
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