But the other, Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, after long deliberation, decided to go with Price.
And for that, he caught flak on Twitter after the announcement Wednesday night.
Morosi understands that, but wants fans to know he didn’t make his decision lightly. In fact, he cast his vote only after gauging the opinions of those who know the game best, the players and coaches.
In the end, for Morosi, it came down to this: Price’s performance was a tick more impressive than Verlander’s because he did it in the American League East, where the opposing offenses are superior and the ballparks are, on a whole, hitter-friendly.
“This was a very, very tough decision,” Morosi told me Wednesday night, while making a lengthy, spirited and convincing case for his final vote. “There’s just something different about that division.”
...In that regard, Morosi conceded, “sheer numbers” tend to favor Verlander — the Detroit right-hander also was 6-1 against teams that made the postseason, by the way — but he said the writers are charged with finding “context” in a player’s season. It’s why awards aren’t just handed out based on statistical achievements. (Felix Hernandez won the Cy Young after going 13-12 in 2010.)
“At the end of the day, numbers are important,” Morosi said. But he prefers to look “big picture.”
Posted: November 15, 2012 at 02:01 PM | 13 comment(s)
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