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Monday, October 17, 2016

The Definitive History of the MVP Award

The auto magnate launches one hell of a marketing campaign; shenanigans and scandal involving the sport’s two biggest stars; the birth of the MVP award.

gehrig97 Posted: October 17, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp

Monday, October 03, 2016

Why the best player in baseball won’t win MVP

Jeff Passan discusses his award choices.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mike trout, mvp

Friday, September 30, 2016

The View is Much Better When You’re the Lead Dog: Mike Trout Closes in on Another Second-Place MVP Finish

Williams. Musial. Pujols. It looks like Trout is about to join some very exclusive company.

gehrig97 Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, joe dimaggio, mickey mantle, mike trout, mvp, stan musial, ted williams

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Are Baseball’s MVP Voters Racist?

Black players don’t claim MVPs in the American League. Hispanic players are ignored by National League voters. Has an ugly bias influenced the MVP vote?

gehrig97 Posted: September 27, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: arod, banks, bonds, clemente, most valuable player, mvp, pujols, racism

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How will voters rob Mike Trout of the MVP this year?

It’s going to happen. I can feel it’s going to happen. And while I understand why it’s going to happen, we need to stop inventing reasons to elect someone other than Trout, the Angels’ brilliant center fielder. We are making ourselves look dumb.

Trout, 25, has been the best player in baseball for five seasons now, yet he has won only one MVP, finishing second three times. The reason to rob him this year — there’s always a reason, some new narrative — is that the Angels stink. As if that is Trout’s fault.

I confess — I prefer my MVPs to come from contending teams, believing that they perform under greater pressure than players from non-contenders. But Trout this season is far above the other candidates, several of whom are stumbling in September. How can the voters justify snubbing him again?


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 20, 2016 at 09:23 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: ken rosenthal, mike trout, mvp, post-season awards

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Full Story Behind the 1999 AL MVP Vote is Even Worse Than You Thought

You know part of the story - but not the most galling part.

gehrig97 Posted: September 15, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, ivan rodriguez, mvp, pedro martinez, voting

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mike Trout’s real MVP problem? He’s just not that interesting

We take Mike Trout’s greatness for granted.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 12:28 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, mvp

Monday, September 12, 2016

Another Milestone Approaches for Mike Trout (Yawn)

Mike Trout is a few “Mike Trout” games away from notching his second 10-WAR season. Combined, the rest of major league baseball has zero. 

Trout’s career has essentially been one long milestone to this point, so marking another 10-WAR season probably doesn’t warrant a plaque in his personal trophy room (though there’s plenty of room where his multiple MVPs should be).

gehrig97 Posted: September 12, 2016 at 05:36 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, barry bonds, ichiro suzuki, mike trout, mvp, war

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

What MVP and Cy Young Awards are really about

We should be in the middle of the Mike Trout M.V.P. era.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:03 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mvp

Thursday, September 01, 2016

ESPN:Will Kris Bryant be the first true utility player to win MVP?

When you’re hitting over .300, leading the league in homers, and a lock to knock in 100 runs, you’re going to be in the heart of the MVP discussion. At 24 years old, Kris Bryant has put up these numbers going into the final month of the regular season, not only making his case for top value in 2016, but also making it known that he could be this productive for the next decade.

Yet when you try and check his defensive box, you can’t. Bryant is one of the best “super-utility” players of this era, playing multiple positions, each requiring a different skill set and preparation. It has made him an irreplaceable asset in the Chicago Cubs’ machine and set the tone for all of baseball to take notice of the power of versatility. Bryant is a utility player who isn’t just there to give better players a day off. He’s a fixture in one of the best lineups in Major League Baseball.

Meatwad Posted: September 01, 2016 at 12:18 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, mvp, utility infielders

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The four contenders in AL’s cutthroat MVP race

Go to Rio for a month and look at what happens. Babe Ruth is resurrected, and he’s hitting right-handed and playing catcher. The Giants, the best team in baseball at the All-Star break, are literally the worst since. Ian Kennedy’s ERA in August can be spelled out in binary code. Baseball does this. Every month is its own little season of the absurd, the impossible, the unrepeatable, the glorious.

Only two things are the same.
a) Clayton Kershaw, on the disabled list for two months, still has the best numbers of any pitcher in baseball. (This is patently absurd, by the way.)

b) The American League MVP race is a completely jumbled mess.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cubs star Kris Bryant has a chance to be a very unique MVP | FOX Sports

Has anyone else tried to quantify the value of position flexibility? I’ve investigated the topic a little myself for my WAR system for the simulation league I play in. Despite some effort I’ve always ended up using WAR without any additional adjustment.

But while Bryant is only in his second season and Musial is a Hall of Famer, the two could end up sharing a unique distinction.

Musial is the only player to win an MVP award after a season in which he started 30 games in both the infield and outfield, according to STATS LLC.

Bryant could become the second.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, cubs, kris bryant, mvp, stan musial

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Justin Verlander is Good Again, So Enough with the Zach Britton

As you may have read, some smart people are making a case for a reliever winning the Cy Young (and/or MVP) Award. How is this a thing in 2016?

Hint: It’s not. Not really. Writers gotta write. Beasts need to be fed. Zach Britton for Cy Young isn’t a thing (at least it shouldn’t be)

Know what is a thing?

Justin Verlander is very good again.

gehrig97 Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: cy young award, detroit tigers, mvp, plate coverage, verlander, zach britton

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cameron: Kris Bryant may be the best all-around player in the National League

Kris Bryant isn’t Mike Trout, of course. No one is. But if you look at the numbers over the last year, you might be surprised how close it is.

Is Kris Bryant the best position player in baseball not named Mike Trout?

Voodoo Posted: August 20, 2016 at 04:48 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, mvp



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