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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Most Meritorious Player: 2008 Results

Congratulations to Albert Pujols on winning the 2008 MMP award. This is Pujols’ second award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Albert Pujols	132	9	6
Chase Utley	106	9	1
Chipper Jones	93	8	0
Mark Teixeira	79	9	0
Tim Lincecum	75	8	0
Hanley Ramirez	72	8	1
Lance Berkman	63	8	0
Manny Ramirez	55	8	1
David Wright	45	8	0
Cliff Lee	43	5	0
Carlos Beltran	39	6	0
Joe Mauer	37	4	0
CC Sabathia	34	7	0
Johan Santana	30	3	0
Dustin Pedroia	26	5	0
Alex Rodriguez	25	9	0
Brian McCann	20	2	0
Grady Sizemore	16	3	0
Roy Halladay	16	3	0
Nick Markakis	15	4	0
Cole Hamels	12	1	0
Matt Holliday	10	1	0
Russell Martin	10	1	0
Ryan Ludwick	9	2	0
Ryan Dempster	7	1	0
Mariano Rivera	5	1	0
Kevin Youkilis	4	1	0
Jayson Werth	2	1	0
DL from MN Posted: October 04, 2017 at 04:49 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: October 04, 2017 at 04:52 PM (#5544555)
Mauer wins the AL MM Position Player in 12th place on 3 ballots...
   2. DL from MN Posted: October 04, 2017 at 04:57 PM (#5544558)
Player # years named on a ballot
Alex Rodriguez 10
Albert Pujols 9 (top 1B)
Chipper Jones 7
Manny Ramirez 7
Lance Berkman 5
David Wright 5
Carlos Beltran 5
Chase Utley 4
Johan Santana 4
Grady Sizemore 4
Roy Halladay 4


   3. DL from MN Posted: October 04, 2017 at 05:44 PM (#5544584)
Upcoming elections - 2009 (11/1), 2017 (12/6), 2010 (1/3/2018), 2011 (2/7), 1940 (3/7)
   4. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: October 04, 2017 at 10:48 PM (#5544738)
My ballot wouldn't have changed any of the results, but I did post my ballot in post #9 - it just seems to have not been counted.
   5. DL from MN Posted: October 05, 2017 at 09:58 AM (#5544915)
Sorry, I added your ballot and it did change the ordering. It also added a ballot appearance for Russell Martin (#3 for him).
   6. Chris Fluit Posted: October 05, 2017 at 12:48 PM (#5545076)
As DL noted in the intro, this is Albert Pujols' 2nd MMP. This is also Pujols' 3rd NL MMP as he won the 2005 award when Alex Rodriguez took home top honors. Currently, Pujols and ARod are trading the award with Rodriguez winning in '05 and '07 and Pujols winning in '06 and '08. Can ARod reclaim it in 2009?
   7. Chris Fluit Posted: October 05, 2017 at 12:52 PM (#5545082)
Tim Lincecum is your 2008 pitching MMP. Lincecum is the first giant to win this award since Christy Mathewson in 1909. Though I suppose Carl Hubbell has a shot at filling the gap as we've yet to vote on 1912-1949. (Toothpick Sam Jones won the NL only award in a 1959 run-off).
   8. Chris Fluit Posted: October 05, 2017 at 01:00 PM (#5545092)
As DL noted in post #1, Joe Mauer is the top position player in the AL despite finishing 12th overall. That breaks a record set by Elston Howard who finished 11th overall the year he won this particular award (1963).
   9. Chris Fluit Posted: October 05, 2017 at 01:02 PM (#5545095)
However, Joe Mauer was not the AL MMP. That honor goes to Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians. It's been a good decade for AL pitchers with Pedro Martinez in 2000 and Johan Santana in 2004 and '06 winning the league award.
   10. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: October 05, 2017 at 07:10 PM (#5545549)
Thanks DL.
   11. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 06, 2017 at 03:45 PM (#5546147)
As DL noted in post #1, Joe Mauer is the top position player in the AL despite finishing 12th overall. That breaks a record set by Elston Howard who finished 11th overall the year he won this particular award (1963).


Either some of us are overrating catchers (I doubt that) or some are underrating them (most likely, IMO).
   12. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 06, 2017 at 03:48 PM (#5546149)
BTW, it needs to be said once again: thanks to Dan and Chris for their efforts here!
   13. DL from MN Posted: October 06, 2017 at 04:01 PM (#5546166)
I think we underrated the AL (who beat the NL interleague by a good margin) and catchers.
   14. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 06, 2017 at 05:50 PM (#5546262)
I think we underrated the AL (who beat the NL interleague by a good margin)


Possibly, though that might be a function of the DH rule helping the junior circuit more, while the senior circuit pitchers don't hit as well as they used to to make up the deficit.

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