Deep thoughts: what does it mean to “consider” someone for the MVP?

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I tweeted this randomly a few minutes ago and got some good responses, so I figured I’d throw it out to the whole crowd:

I tire of the argument that goes like this: “Player X should get consideration for Honor Y!”

It could be the Hall of Fame. It could be a postseason award like the MVP or Cy Young.  Doesn’t matter.  But the argument usually comes in response to me (or someone) saying that a different player should be in or should win.

So I respond: OK, do you think your Player X should win or should get in?  And here’s where it kills me:  “No, but he should get consideration!”

What does that mean?  I mean, yes, I understand that there are downballot votes and that they matter for certain purposes, but if I’ve said I think Jose Bautista is the MVP, should I “consider” another guy?  In reaching my decision isn’t it understood that I’ve considered and rejected the other guys?  Same with the Hall of Fame: Jack Morris should be considered!  Should he be in? “No, but …” Then I guess he’s not worthy of any more consideration is, he?

Yes, this is rather navel-gazey, but I get annoyed at the ____ should be considered stuff.  Am I the only one? Am I being a jerk? Am I just simply getting this all wrong? None of those things are mutually-exclusive, of course.