Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Jim Kaat: All deserving of the awards

Please, this is not to be meant as a condescending comment — Kaat has never won a Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

I’m happy for all the winners and the ones who didn’t win should feel good about being in the discussion, because they had to have very good seasons to be in consideration. Justin Verlander winning the AL MVP may have been somewhat of a surprise to some because you have certain voters — and there was at least one again this year — who don’t even give a pitcher any consideration for MVP. I understand their thinking, because — and please, this is not to be meant as a condescending comment — they have never played Major League Baseball and don’t realize the impact a starting pitcher has on the outcome of a game.

...With pitch counts, innings restrictions, and relief specialists, that has changed. I think that those things I referred to make Justin Verlander a better choice than ever because he did what pitchers did decades ago in an era where it is more unusual. When you saw his name listed as the starting pitcher, you knew the Tigers were going to be difficult to defeat. I’d give plenty of credit to the closers as well, like Valverde…  and how many titles would the Yankees have won in the past 15 years without Mariano Rivera?

Repoz Posted: November 24, 2011 at 12:40 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: awards, tigers

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
aleskel
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogRickey Won't Quit
(9 - 5:38pm, Nov 15)
Last: Eric L

NewsblogFox Sports inks multi-year rights agreement with Major League Baseball
(21 - 5:34pm, Nov 15)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogOT - NBA Thread (2018-19 season kickoff edition)
(2291 - 5:33pm, Nov 15)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogSale of Baseball Prospectus
(172 - 5:32pm, Nov 15)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (November 2018)
(348 - 5:24pm, Nov 15)
Last: Rennie's Tenet

NewsblogJoe Mauer Retires After 15 Seasons
(59 - 5:19pm, Nov 15)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOT: Soccer Thread (2018-19 season begins!)
(1212 - 5:04pm, Nov 15)
Last: jmurph

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-15-2018
(14 - 5:02pm, Nov 15)
Last: Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66)

NewsblogAL Central Offseason Preview
(8 - 4:55pm, Nov 15)
Last: charityslave is thinking about baseball

Hall of MeritMock 2018 Today’s Game Hall of Fame Ballot
(45 - 4:46pm, Nov 15)
Last: charityslave is thinking about baseball

NewsblogZack Greinke trade makes sense for these teams
(29 - 3:38pm, Nov 15)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogManny Machado: Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner wants 'essential' chat
(11 - 3:38pm, Nov 15)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

NewsblogAn Update to Prospect Valuation | FanGraphs Baseball
(3 - 3:29pm, Nov 15)
Last: charityslave is thinking about baseball

NewsblogManny Machado doesn't fit with Giants even if they clear infield space | NBCS Bay Area
(9 - 3:25pm, Nov 15)
Last: Steve Treder

NewsblogTime running out for officials to reach stadium deal with Rays
(8 - 3:20pm, Nov 15)
Last: Zonk qualifies as an invasive species

Page rendered in 0.2275 seconds
44 querie(s) executed