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Only one writer should have his children taken away
my standards on removing children from their parents has softened a bit
WTF is a Laser Show
WTF is a Laser Show?
Molina's two votes came from the two St. Louis writers. Heh.
Molina's two votes came from the two St. Louis writers.
The predictions of a few posters of a Top 5 finish for Brandon Phillips were a little off the mark.
What about Bill Ballou of the Worcester Tele. & Gazette, who had Trout 7th,
If someone honestly believes that Trout was only the 7th most valuable player in the AL, then that person is simply not watching the same games that I am.
Are there any top-10 MVP position players who played as few games (89) as Hanley Ramirez did this year?
(More seriously, they'll never top Eck/Hernandez/Fingers for ridiculous MVP vote results.)
I get Molina. Catcher defense is such a big part of baseball and Molina is pretty much the best there. And he can hit a little too. I don't have a problem with the votes for him.
If you buy pitch-framing statistics - which, along with every other possible catcher defense metric, love Molina - he's right up there at the top. I'm not saying that's why either STL writer voted for him, but a vote for him is defensible. I would put him in the top three of NL position players.
you have a lot of intangibles that add up.
Did he vote Trout first last year?
Pitcher handling is why they went for Molina. A team with as many appearances by rookie pitchers who went on and had productive seasons, gets Molina a lot of credit.
I was toying with a way to combine peak and career ratings around this time last year, and did position-by-position comparisons of peak and career players. My shortstops were Tulo and Omar Vizquel. Including 2013, by WAR, Vizquel's second-best season would be Tulo's sixth-best. And Vizquel's 16th-best season would be... Tulo's sixth-best.
McCutchen was about as good last year as this year (depends what you make of the defensive numbers) and was probably the best player in the NL last year, but he didn't win the MVP last year because the Pirates weren't in the playoffs, and won it this year because they were.
Troy Tulowitzki finished 17th, despite just 512 PAs this year. Tulo now has had six seasons of at least 500 PAs in his career, and has gotten MVP votes all six seasons. That's not too shabby.
They do let Denver writers vote all 6 years, ya know.
the Cabrera-Trout MVP voting rivalry is mostly about whose teammates are better
I made no judgments on whether Griffey deserved more than one MVP award; I would agree he probably did not. Had you polled sportswriters anywhere from 1996 through 1999 on the question "who is the best player in the American League?" I would bet the majority of them would have said Griffey. He was THE star in the game, at least until McGwire and Sosa in 1998.
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