Seth Stohs is wondering why all the outrage over this year’s MVP vote; and in particular, the AL vote. I could hardly care less, to tell you the truth, but I’ll throw in a few notes.
Justin Morneau beat out Derek Jeter by a few points, and, for all intents and purposes, the difference between those two players and David Ortiz this past season is essentially unmeasurable. The Hardball Times shows Jeter with 33, Joe Mauer with 31, Ortiz with 29 and Morneau with 27 win shares. Given that it takes three win shares to make a win, well, you can see where I’m going here. If there’s a real outrage, it should be over the voters ignoring a catcher whe became only the second man at his position to lead the league in batting average while being among the top three players in the league. But I digress.
Historically, RBI counts have been the most consistent predictor of MVP voting, so to see Morneau beat Jeter out with his 30-plus RBI edge is no surprise. In fact, this year’s MVP voting in both leagues seem to be a slap in the face to all the sabermetricians out there. We’re just gonna pick the guys with the best looking traditional stats, and let the arguments begin. I’m not gonna do a bunch of links to other writers here either, since Seth apparently stayed up all night and beat me to it, but Jeter said it best:
“I’m flattered and honored to have been considered for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. I want to congratulate Justin Morneau on this well-deserved honor. He is a special player, and I suspect this won’t be the last time you will hear his name mentioned when awards are being passed out.”
I would have liked to see Jeter win it, since this may have been his best chance, but I don’t see how I could argue that he was robbed.