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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Baseball Prospectus: Internet Baseball Awards

AL summary, NL summary, and the main link is to the super-complete voting results.  But, to get to the nitty-grit:

AL MVP: Jose Bautista, TOR
NL MVP: Matt Kemp, LA
AL Cy: Justin Verlander, DET
NL Cy: Clayton Kershaw, LA
AL Rookie: Michael Pineda, SEA
NL Rookie: Craig “Casey” Kimbrel, ATL
AL Manager: Joe Maddon, TB
NL Manager: Kirk Gibson, AZ

The District Attorney Posted: November 22, 2011 at 12:23 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Erix Posted: November 22, 2011 at 04:54 AM (#3999251)
I for one am very shocked the internet didn't vote for Halladay for NL Cy.
   2. stevegamer Posted: November 22, 2011 at 05:35 AM (#3999264)
These things are a joke. Frankly, I have no idea how anyone takes these results even remotely seriously. There are ballots here worse than what people complain about with the BBWAA.

Just looking at the AL MVP:

The following players received exactly one vote, all of them solely for first place, finishing with 14 points:
42. Bobby Abreu
42. Freddy Garcia
42. Jack Hannahan
42. Jason Vargas

Guys who had only a single vote in the top 3 positions:
56. David Dejesu
56. Justin Masterson
58. Dustin Ackley
58. J.P. Arencibia
58. Alexi Casilla
58. Jed Lowrie
58. Ivan Nova
58. David Price
58. Nick Swisher

The fact that there were plenty of ballots without the Bautista, Ellsbury, Verlander on them just shows how useless the balloting is.
   3. DCW3 Posted: November 22, 2011 at 05:56 AM (#3999272)
There are twenty times more people voting on these than the BBWAA awards. The more voters you have, the more isolated weird votes you're going to have. But if you look at the top chunk of finishers, they're perfectly reasonable.
   4. Greg K Posted: November 22, 2011 at 09:56 AM (#3999294)
I think a 10 person ranked ballot would make for a fun presidential election. The two man winner-loser system is kind of dull. This way you can have the fun of electing a president but also then joy of down-ballot outrage.

Though anyone who can't see why Alexi Casilla was one of the best infielders in baseball this year obviously didn't watch many Twins games!
   5. I Am Not a Number Posted: November 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM (#3999310)
These things are a joke. Frankly, I have no idea how anyone takes these results even remotely seriously.

Every year, there are people who attempt to sabotage the process with intentionally ridiculous votes, but those votes are overwhelmed by the many people who take the process much more seriously.
   6. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: November 22, 2011 at 01:04 PM (#3999313)
I think a 10 person ranked ballot would make for a fun presidential election. The two man winner-loser system is kind of dull.

I would enjoy this. The tenth ranked finished can be Secretary of Agriculture or something.

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