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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Miguel Cabrera wins AL MVP, now everybody take a chill pill | Mariners Blog | The Seattle Times

There is nothing like a 1,535 word argument railing for people to chill out and not get worked up about the MVP vote. Maybe Geoff hasn’t been around too long. Arguments about the MVP didn’t start when the Internet was created. It’s baseball, not life and death. And most people, as heated as they may seem, know the difference.

They say the youth is wasted on the young. Along those lines, I’m starting to think the internet is wasted on the…um, the intelligence-challenged. I mean, we have this great tool at our disposal, a treasure trove of information sharing at our fingertips, and we use it to become dumber, not smarter.

Exchanging ideas? No, let’s be honest. We use the internet to take our own ideas, seek out anyone who agrees with them, then dismiss out-of-hand those who don’t. We use it to insult the other side and never consider what they’re trying to say.

Somebody brings up a valid point worth considering? Hey, just switch web sites (or news channels) and go to one that tells you exactly what you want them to. It’s a great way to grow one’s mind.

It’s landed our country in fantastic shape, as evidenced by the last half-decade of economic turmoil, not to mention a really fun election campaign in which serious issues were properly vetted and considered.

And that same line of thinking, on a much lesser scale, has led to a marvellous discussion over the merits of Miguel Cabrera versus Mike Trout in the AL MVP debate. In case you hadn’t heard, Tigers slugger Cabrera won it tonight with 22 of 28 first-place votes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:05 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: miguel cabrera, mike trout, mvp, sabermetrics

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   1. The Tarp That Ate Vince Coleman Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:37 PM (#4303851)
Thanks for voting for The Best Offensive Player Over The Last Two Months, Geoff.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:40 PM (#4303855)
It’s landed our country in fantastic shape, as evidenced by the last half-decade of economic turmoil

Hold on ... people ranting on the internet and watching Fox News created (and crashed) the housing bubble, credit default swaps, etc? Seems a wee bit of a stretch to me.
   3. The District Attorney Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM (#4303859)
My memory is telling me that Baker often writes lengthy, rambling "not being a stathead is just, like, my opinion, man" pieces.

I'd almost rather read Chass, because at least he isn't even pretending to be weighing the stathead argument.

(Almost.)
   4. Darren Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:49 PM (#4303864)
I agree with the headline (though not the content) and I agree that I've probably been around too long too.
   5. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM (#4303866)
FART NOISE
   6. Baldrick Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:52 PM (#4303868)
I'm not even going to wade into the terribleness of the reasoning. I just want to make one general comment:

You can't tell people to chill out when the whole premise of your article is that there IS NO DEFINITION OF VALUABLE AND SO PEOPLE DEBATE IT.

Your argument is that MVP being ill-defined provokes controversy. You can't get mad when people respond to your position with a position of their own. If this is true: "I like surprises. I like diversity. I like differences of opinion," then you can't get annoyed when people express different opinions!!
   7. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:53 PM (#4303870)
Exchanging ideas? No, let’s be honest. We use the internet to take our own ideas, seek out anyone who agrees with them, then dismiss out-of-hand those who don’t. We use it to insult the other side and never consider what they’re trying to say.

Somebody brings up a valid point worth considering? Hey, just switch web sites (or news channels) and go to one that tells you exactly what you want them to. It’s a great way to grow one’s mind.


This is actually a point that I agree with entirely.
   8. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:55 PM (#4303873)
Agreement is boring. I think it's a lot more fun to argue with people I disagree with. I suspect most other people here do too, otherwise people wouldn't keep coming back to our political threads.
   9. Lassus Posted: November 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM (#4303885)
Agreement is boring. I think it's a lot more fun to argue with people I disagree with.

What the hell is wrong with you?
   10. Sunday silence Posted: November 15, 2012 at 11:53 PM (#4303976)
This is absolutely the last post I will make on this thread. you go to hell.
   11. Random Transaction Generator Posted: November 16, 2012 at 01:06 AM (#4304022)
This is the guy who wrote the stupid "White Jays" article from about 10 years ago, right?

   12. Good cripple hitter Posted: November 16, 2012 at 01:21 AM (#4304030)
Yeah, as seen on BBTF's wiki. When the article was posted, I was going to snark about how if anyone knows about having readers switch news channels (or newspapers) en masse, it'd be Geoff Baker but then I figured it's been a long time and I should let it go. Still, it was kind of funny to watch Mariners fans/bloggers slowly turn on Baker.
   13. Tuque Posted: November 16, 2012 at 01:47 AM (#4304037)
I suspect most other people here do too, otherwise people wouldn't keep coming back to our political threads.

Have you ever noticed that those threads are really just about 10-15 people (out of hundreds of frequent posters) repeating themselves over and over again?

I realize that it creates an echo chamber effect, and as a result can dominate the Hot Topics, but if you pay attention, I'm fairly certain at least 90% of the regular contributors to this site ignore them.

...at the same time, though, I think there's something to be said for being able to have strongly differing opinions than someone else without allowing that to affect your view of them as a human being.
   14. Papa Squid Posted: November 16, 2012 at 01:50 AM (#4304038)
I'm often critical of the Toronto MSM, but White Jays was over-the-top stupid. What made me angry was when non-baseball fans would ask me for weeks after if I thought the Blue Jays were actually a racist organization.
   15. Danny Posted: November 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM (#4304249)
Trout produced an OPS of .866 in August and .900 in September. Very good numbers, to be sure. But Cabrera took his numbers well beyond those, posting a 1.092 and a 1.071 in August and September.

For me, in an MVP debate, that's a marked difference. Enough of a difference to assign more "value" to Cabrera and give him the award. That's it and that's all. No more complex than that. In a very tight race between two deserving candidates, I'm giving it to the guy demonstrably better on offense whose play helped his team win the division.

Now, I suppose we could try to factor in the defensive and baserunning differences over that two-month span and try to see how much closer Trout got in terms of WAR over that timespan. But I also know that I keep being told how WAR is somewhat unreliable over small samples. Just like defensive metrics -- part of WAR -- should not be looked at on a monthly or even half-season basis for anything too reliable.


This sounds like he's aware that Trout had a higher fWAR than Cabrera in both August and September/October--maybe even that Trout led the AL in fWAR in August and was 2nd to Cano (by 0.1) in Sept/Oct. But if we can break up the season into different piles, then we never have to consider defense or baserunning!
   16. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: November 16, 2012 at 01:45 PM (#4304315)
Agreement is boring. I think it's a lot more fun to argue with people I disagree with. I suspect most other people here do too, otherwise people wouldn't keep coming back to our political threads.

Having an intelligent argument with someone who disagrees with me is awesome.

Sadly, most arguments don't go that way. The vast majority of people I've encountered who want to argue, say, politics aren't interested in actual discourse; they want to just shout their position at me until my mind changes. That is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike fun. I prefer to enter debates where both parties (including myself) are open-minded enough to actually listen to the points the other is making.

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