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Monday, August 12, 2013
Very Sad Dockers: Urge OverKill The Win.
MLB Network’s Brian Kenny has taken this year as his opportunity to “kill the win.” He repeats this on MLB Now and his Twitter account ad nauseum, and while it might actually raise some awareness among fans, does it seem likely that writers set in their ways are going to suddenly change their views because Kenny is bullying them into it? Kenny tries to educate, but the resilience has started to come across as bull-headed, and I have concern that his posturing is starting to drive an even bigger wedge into the divide. Nobody likes to be pushed around - and often times, people push back.
The reality is that we won’t likely see real changes in award voting for more than a few years. Not until writers like Jon Heyman retire and their votes are replaced by the likes of Dave Cameron and Eno Sarris. There’s already been a statistical revolution - we’re living it - but there’s going to be some lag in award voting, and even though the awareness level continues to rise, things probably won’t be close to right for another decade, if not longer.
Complaining about the voting process doesn’t really do anything productive. It isn’t going to change, at least not for now. The more interesting topic is simply examining who’s been the best pitcher in the American League, which in is really a separate conversation from the Cy Young. If Scherzer doesn’t drop off too badly and gets 20 wins, he’s probably going to get it.
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