From the BBWAA:
Joe Mauer, who won an unprecedented third batting championship for a catcher and helped propel the Minnesota Twins to the American League Central title, was elected the AL Most Valuable Player for 2009 in balloting by the BBWAA.
Mauer, the first catcher to lead his league in batting average (.365), on-base percentage (.444) and slugging (.587) in the same season, was listed first on all but one of the 28 ballots cast by two writers in each league city. He was second on that other ballot to score a total of 387 points, based on a tabulation system rewarding 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third on down to one for 10th.
The top 10: Mauer, Tex, Jeter, Cabrera, Morales, Youkilis, Bay, Zobrist, Ichiro, A-Rod. I have a whole load of observations, so buckle in:
- Just so you know where I am coming from, this was my final ballot: Mauer, Jeter, Greinke, Zobrist, Youkilis, Teixeira, Longoria, Hernandez, Cabrera, Rodriguez. Next 5: Figgins, Halladay, Verlander, Crawford, Ichiro.
- Mauer deserved the award, and it should have been unanimous. Miguel Cabrera getting a first place vote is positively ridiculous, when it could be reasonably argued that he was not the most valuable player on his own team.
- Let’s see if I get the logic here. The MVP is about value to your team, and therefore stats are not the be all end all, and winners should be rewarded. Then why not vote for pitchers? They help teams win, they provide “value” in that sense as well. If it is an award for hitters, then it should be about the numbers.
- Jeter should have finished 2nd. He was 2.3 wins more valuable than Tex, a huge spread. The voters clearly do not understand positional adjustments, nor can they see past home runs or RBI’s as evaluation tools. Some have suggested that the voters are getting smarter, but I am not so sure. I think we are just seeing the effects of the buzz changing. Writers vote based on buzz, and the sabermetric community has loudly helped shaped the buzz this season. However, that buzz generally deals with who finishes first, so we see Mauer rightfully win the award while Jeter gets screwed out of 2nd place.
- How can a pitcher who got 0 Cy Young votes (Rivera) finish ahead of the Cy Young winner?
- Ben Zobrist was way too low. His old school numbers are great, and the saber stats show him to be a top 5 candidate. He did not receive a single top 5 vote.
- Kendry Morales and Jayson Bay are too high. Bay was good for 3 months, as was Morales.
- A-Rod deserved his 10th place finish, but did not deserve the 3rd place vote he got. He was the 3rd most valuable player on his own team.
- I love Robbie Cano, but he should not have gotten votes.
- Evan Longoria barely got any recognition for his excellent season.
- Overall, Too high: Tex, Cabrera, Morales, Bay, Ichiro. Too low: Jeter, Greinke, Zobrist, Longoria, Felix, Verlander, Halladay
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