Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was working in the media last year, but not to the degree that he was one of those jet-laggy, in-the-trenches baseball writers who gets a vote for Most Valuable Player.

And if he did get a vote?

No more calls, we have a winner.

Jacoby Ellsbury.

"I thought he was the MVP, personally," Valentine said yesterday. "I just thought his year was phenomenal, from the Opening Day that I saw in Texas. His swing was so consistently good. His defense was terrific.

"And the numbers speak for themselves. How do you get those numbers? It's an amazing body of work, how you fill those columns."