Tag:Cy Young
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 12:49 pm

MLB MVP Awards

Justin Verlander was just announced as the AL MVP, on the heels of his AL Cy Young award.  Does a pitcher deserve the MVP award?  Perhaps.   Instead of answering that, let me throw some ideas at you, and see if the BBWAA is getting it right. 

When talkin Cy Young, it's pretty easy to quantify and compare pitchers.  Verlander won the pitching Triple Crown (Wins, Strikeouts, ERA).  Pretty easy choice.  I can't argue.  Something that happens once every 3.5 years on average.

The MVP award is a bit harder to award, if you're going to allow both pitchers and position players to win the award.  Essentially, you're forced to compare apples to oranges.  Let's not even do that, however.  Let's go visit the NL.

Clayton Kershaw should get the NL Cy Young.  He also won the pitching Triple Crown.  I've got no argument there, either.  His stats are very similar to Verlanders.  (3 less wins, but on a much worse team)

Now is where it's going to get dicy.  Verlander: Triple Crown, Cy Young, MVP.   Kershaw: Triple Crown, Likely Cy Young, and Likely MVP, right?  Wrong.  By most accounts, Kershaw isn't even in the running!  Most articles I've read have not even had Kershaw mentioned as a top 5, or even top 10 candidate.  How is this even possible?  I would bet that you could swap their stats, show them to most baseball writers, and with exception of the Wins column- a majority wouldn't even notice the switch.  (I think the wins is misleading- Verlanders 24 wins were on a team whose batting average was 4th in MLB, whereas Kershaw's Dodgers were 21st:  Put them on each others teams, Kershaw wins at least 24 or more).

The Baseball Writers Association can't even be consistent from league to league with it's definitions and comparisions.  If the BBWAA doesn't award Kershaw the MVP- I say strip them of voting rights and give it to a random fan to throw a dart and determine a winner.  Probably just as much chance of picking the right guy.

Category: MLB
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