Rudies. A message to you from Morosi. (Stop your messing around. Time you straightened right out. Creating problems in MLB towns. etc)
Here is what we learned from the 2012 award season, writ large:
• Sabermetricians are not yet kingmakers in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America award balloting. Trout (MVP) and Justin Verlander (Cy Young) were the clear favorites of the statistical community in contentious AL votes. Neither won.
...Fortunately, the BBWAA does not engage in groupthink. If we did, we would write identical stories and fill out matching ballots. The reporters who make up the electorate should talk with managers, coaches and players about the award candidates, and they should consult statistics new and old. The process is familiar to us: gather all of the available information, analyze it, and reach a conclusion. That is how we work every day. And that is how we approach these awards.
We are, at our best, the ultimate swing voters. On the question of whether my future selections will be swayed by numbers or narratives, my riposte is a bald-faced equivocation: It depends. In some years, I will probably agree with the sabermetric orthodoxy. In other cases, I won’t.
My best hope is that I will have the chance to cast a ballot like the AL MVP voters did this year, with two deserving candidates and no wrong answers.
... But I’ll admit to a little fatigue, too. It’s time for a social media ceasefire, so we can better direct our efforts to divining where Josh Hamilton will play in 2013 (not to mention our reporting on Loria’s efforts to secure public funding for that Quidditch stadium).
Au revoir, Old School stalwarts. So long, New School provocateurs. Until we meet again — next year.