Buster Posey and Miguel Cabrera Are MVP’s

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Congrats to the Giants’ Buster Posey and the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera on winning their respective league’s MVP awards. Posey was the obvious choice. I would not have been disappointed with Trout winning, but we can’t discount the first Triple Crown in 47 years. … Continue reading

Ryan Braun Wins the National League’s MVP Award

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Ryan Braun is the National League’s MVP for 2011. The baseball writers got the MVPs right this year. Braun’s .332 BA, .397 OBP, and 33 HR’s got Braun past the Dodger’s Matt Kemp in the voting. Braun’s MVP season also helped the Brewer’s get to the playoffs. The one-two punch of Braun, and teammate Prince Fielder, gave Milwaukee fans something to be excited about. Fielder placed third in the NL MVP voting. Interesting how a small market team with the 16th highest payroll out of 30 teams fields two MVP candidates. The other teams to field multiple top ten MVP candidates in 2011: the Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Yankees, and the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Money doesn’t necessarily guarantee anything as New York, Philadelphia, and Boston have the top three highest payrolls in that order. St. Louis comes in at 12.

Aside from the financial story, this may just be Braun’s first of multiple MVP’s. He can put this award on the shelf next to his 2007 NL Rookie of the Year Award. What the future may hold for Braun and his Brew-crew time will only tell.

Congrats to Ryan Braun. Let’s see what 2012 brings.

Statistical data from baseball-reference.com and espn.go.com

Justin Verlander takes the American League’s Most Valuable Award

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Justin Verlander is the Cy Young Award winner and the American League MVP. Does this make sense? According to the baseball writers, yes it does. Verlander’s success on the field this season was tremendous. The question for some, does a pitcher deserve the MVP? What about everyday position players like Adrian Gonzalez and Curtis Granderson? Do they contribute more to a team’s success then a player who plays every 5 days?

If I had to pick a pitcher to win the MVP, Verlander definitely gets it. Earlier in the season I took issue with a pitcher winning the MVP. I, like a number of individuals, felt that was what the Cy Young was for. I felt that was the baseball purist in me.  After some research, I realized that many early MVP winners and runners-up were pitchers. Go back to baseball’s Golden Age in the late 1940s and 1950s and you will see some of the names. How much of a purist was I truly? After much thought and personal reflection, Verlander is the MVP and deservedly so. Let’s differentiate between the two awards. The Cy Young is the statistical value of a pitcher: wins, ERA, strikeouts, etc. (I won’t even mention the Sabermetrics.)

The MVP is the….whatever you want it to be. Each writer and fan needs to determine what makes a player the most valuable. The writer’s did just that. Reflecting on the season, Verlander’s value trumps all others. Congrats Justin.

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