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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Malcolm with the final say on the Cabrera/Trout dust-up…or: Baby the Reign Must Fall (doff’s Murray way).
And in the case of the 2012 AL MVP, virtually all of the intrigue in it stems from the fact that one system ranked Mike Trout’s non-offensive value at such an extreme level that it made the comparison with Cabrera into something egregiously lopsided. Our suspicion is that the 28 voters entrusted to decide the AL MVP (and—hey, really? just twenty-eight?? is that not one of the most ridiculously small sample sizes ever for such an important honor???) may well have looked at the various “advanced numbers” as part of their decision-making process. Trout was touted heavily in the MSM while his performance was at its peak from late July-mid August, and at least a smattering of those voters are known to reference those numbers.
...Let’s close with a thought about what would have happened if the hard-sell harping on that outrageously high gap between Trout and Cabrera hadn’t turned away some voters who may have been receptive to shifting their vote. If eight voters had shifted from Cabrera to Trout, we’d wind up in a virtual tie: that vote tally would shift from 362-281 to 322-321. Then, if the inestimably unmentionable Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal hadn’t been the lone wingnut deviation from the Cabrera-Trout binary (either voted 1-2 or 2-1 by 96% of the voting population), we mighta coulda (shoulda?) had a tie in this MVP race, something that traditionalists and the various flavors of Stalinists in the little world of numberology might have found a way to live with—a kind of benevolent whitewash to the watery bloodbath that will now continue to divide rather than unite.
(In any event, we sure as hell would like to have seen a much larger BBWAA voting population involved in this result…with technology and analysis being what it is today, the notion of limiting the voting population to league beat writers and a few other random chimps is as outmoded as the Model T. We wonder what a full BBWAA membership vote on the 2012 MVP might have looked like.)
That day is further off, and while in the real world it’s the “bad guys” who are keeping that from happening, here in this little sub-region of “reality” it’s the “good guys” who are doing same. And the “good guys” should know that it’s much more possible—and much more feasible—to have “co-MVPs” than “co-Presidents.” Keeping that dichotomy in mind might keep things in better perspective.
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