But first full disclosure: I am one of the 32 voters for the NL Most Valuable Player. Also, I don’t mind the mounting debate/controversy. It brings attention to the awards. Plus, I like that voters are forced, more than ever, to think out their ballots and be able to defend them. If you can’t handle that responsibility, then turn in your ballots.
The MVP, more than any other award, evokes angst annually anyway as voters grapple with the “V.” What does Valuable mean? There is not unanimity. Some vote for the best player. Others weigh the meaning to contenders as they fill out the 1-to-10 ballot.
It is a devilish word. For example, has anyone been more valuable to a contender than Kris Medlen (the Braves have won his past 21 starts) or Rafael Soriano (the Yankees have thrived in the absence of the seemingly irreplaceable Mariano Rivera)? Yet neither has a chance to win.
Each voter has to process his definition through a personal V-Chip. And, this year, NL voters also must make a Ryan Braun determination. In a vacuum, the Milwaukee slugger is among the handful who can win the MVP along with San Francisco’s Buster Posey, Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and, perhaps, St. Louis’ Yadier Molina. Braun is having a great season for a contender.
Posted: September 23, 2012 at 06:51 AM | 19 comment(s)
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