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Friday, November 20, 2015

Donaldson is runaway winner for AL MVP

Mike Trout has been the best player in the American League for four straight years and has exactly one MVP award.

Hank G. Posted: November 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 179 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Mike Trout making case for AL MVP award |

Mike Petriello breaks down some of the differences. Right now Donaldson has the lead in the context dependent stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, josh donaldson, mike trout, mvp

Monday, September 28, 2015

Jake Arrieta’s dominance deserves the NL Cy Young Award

Pitching under a blood moon, Chicago Cubs right-handed ace Jake Arrieta didn’t change into some kind of beast. He was his normal every-five-days self on Sunday night, which is to say he was almost perfect, almost unhittable and the best pitcher in baseball.


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 28, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: arrested development, cubs, cy young award, mvp

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Stats Can’t Tell Us Whether Mike Trout Or Josh Donaldson Should Be MVP | FiveThirtyEight

Are you ready for a WAR on confidence levels?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp, sabermetrics, war

Blue Jays’ MVP candidate Josh Donaldson features unique inner confidence | FOX Sports

Huh, I guess the new guy at work isn’t really a jackass, he’s a fledgling superstar.

“It was like Day 3, and I was like, ‘Who the heck is that?’” Gomes recalls. “He had a big old knee kick, was hitting moon shots over the scoreboard.

“The guys who had been there were like, ‘He’s kind of a jackass, kind of like in his own world. He does this. He does that.’ I thought in my head, ‘Those are all characteristics of a superstar. That’s how superstars act.’”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, josh donaldson, mvp

Friday, September 04, 2015

Harper’s Impressive Plate Discipline Put In Historical Context

Will Bryce ever see another pitch in the strike zone??

Bryce Harper made headlines on Thursday night with a spectacular score line — zero at-bats, zero hits, four runs, one RBI and four walks.

He saw 20 pitches in Washington’s 15-1 drubbing of Atlanta and didn’t swing once, as his walk total climbed to 104 for the year – second to only Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (116).

Monday, August 24, 2015

10 Degrees: The hard truth about RBIs - Yahoo Sports

Jeff Passan makes a case against the importance of the RBI in the MVP discussion. He also writes about a few other things.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 05:04 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mike trout, mvp, notes, rbi, sabermetrics

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Angels’ Mike Trout has MVP competition in Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson - LA Times

The difference in RBI will still kill Trout with a lot of voters.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: josh donaldson, mike trout, mvp

Monday, August 17, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Barnwell: MVP Votes for negative WAR

By my count, 36 players have received MVP votes for sub-replacement seasons since 1931, when the American League joined the National League in adopting the current selection model, without any restrictions on multiple-time winners.  Highlighted players:

1997: Deivi Cruz, SS, Tigers
1997: Tony Womack, 2B, Pirates
1992: George Bell, OF, White Sox
1990: Joe Carter, OF, Padres
1974: Jack Billingham, P, Reds
1950: Ken Wood, OF, Browns

Colon, Gregerson, Gattis, Kendrys and Torii suggested as potentially getting MVP votes this year and finishing with negative WAR.

bbmck Posted: June 19, 2015 at 11:48 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, mvp



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