But Johnny Lawns (the rough English mang-lation of his name) isn’t an MVP candidate. He is that bane of the sabermetrician’s skills and the traditionalist’s biases – the guy you have to actually have to see to comprehend. And since Oakland has been baseball’s must-see-something-else team, Cespedes doesn’t register on radar.
...And yes, we understand that hitting .291 with 23 homers and 82 RBIs in 126 games isn’t Triple Crown stuff, and a WAR that is almost seven games lower than the league leader’s. We get that he will get approximately no first-place votes, and frankly, he shouldn’t. Mike Trout is a better candidate, and so is Miguel Cabrera.
...So maybe Bob Melvin can reflect on Monday morning what he might have done had he sold Cespedes a little harder to the notebooked/microphoned hyenas. Maybe Beane could have made a few calls to schmooze the electorate, and let’s be frank here, the electorate is always willing to be schmoozed.
But it wouldn’t be the same. Yoenis Cespedes, Johnny Lawns, has created a new template for the award, one that means more actual money and automobile fuel to be expended.
The MVP you have to watch play to understand.
Nahhh. That’ll never catch on.
Posted: October 01, 2012 at 05:11 AM | 34 comment(s)
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