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The one where…Tango is “the most civil and the most decent” and Paul Goldschmidt is magically Jason Goldschmidt!
When I voted for m.v.p., I didn’t look for any definitions because there aren’t any.
Zach Kram, my occasional substitute on this site, who reads baseball news and opinions far more voluminously than I do had this perspective:
“For those who are, the top reason is that they pretty much think that ‘most valuable’ equals ‘best’ and that Trout was better (his offensive production was close to Cabrera’s, and his defense and baserunning push him over the top for ‘best’ consideration). WAR isn’t the only stat that shows he was ‘better;’ it’s thinking about all facets of the game in tandem and, most importantly, determining that most valuable=best.”
“One interesting note from my point of view is that, in addition to being considered less because the Angels were much worse than the Tigers, Trout was probably looked at less because he had a subpar (for him) April before being the best player from May-September.
“Cabrera, on the other hand, was pretty terrible in September (only slugged .333 with two extra-base hits), but he had been so good until then that his narrative had already been written. It’s just interesting that people argue that September games are more important because the pressure is highest, but that line of thinking doesn’t apply when it comes to this MVP race – similar to how Josh Hamilton had already sewn up the MVP in 2010 even though he missed almost all of September with an injury.
“Voters seem to make up their minds pretty early on in the season, and they’re hard to change once the narratives have been formulated. (I’m not saying that I think Trout should win, just that it’s something to consider.)”
The awards are based on statistics, but not the way the stats guys want them to be based.
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