Posted: Sep 19, 2008 10:57 am
BECAUSE HE WASN'T A MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Need me to explain this one to you, too? No sweat.
BBWAA is a mostly political bunch who couldn't hit a water if they fell out of a boat. Joe Theismann once said that a championship is better than an MVP or the Hall of Fame because winning a championship gives a player the opportunity to prove himself as the best versus his peers. To win awards, the player is up against a bunch of old guys who might be having bad hair days. This is further evidenced by the absurd notion that the player who wins the MVP must be on a team that seriously vied for a playoff spot.
In 1995, at age 23, Manny won a Silver Slugger award. An OF that wins a Silver Slugger award for an OF in either league is a viable candidate, even if there are other more worthy candidates. Indeed, Manny got a few votes.
In 1996, at age 24, Manny surpassed his power numbers from the previous year & didn't even get a vote.
Check this out, this might be my favorite example of anyone...
In 1998, Joey Belle put up these numbers:
200 hits, 49 HRs, 152 RBIs, 328 BA, 399 OBP, 1.054 OPS
That year, Juan Gonzalez put up these numbers:
193 hits, 45 HR, 157 RBIs, 318 BA, 366 OBP, .996 OPS
Gonzo finished 1st in AL MVP balloting. Belle finished 8th. Are you really going to tell me that Belle's season doesn't sport MVP caliber numbers when they are actually better than the guy who won it & that he's out anything for not finishing in the top 5?
The point is, players put up incredible numbers & don't make the top 5 all the time. If someone isn't voting for Manny, it's because they don't like Manny's hair, attitude, or glove, not because Manny can't mash or didn't mash.
By the way, who's protecting Manny in LA's lineup? Casey Blake? Garciaparra? Russell Martin? Jeff Kent? Andre Ethier? Matt Kemp can't hold a candle to Ryan Ludwick's season. Rick Ankiel would've been far & away the best bat on the Dodgers if he played for them this year.
Take it easy on the caps. Anyone reading this column knows you are having a torrid affair with Pujols. You should tell him about it some day.
come christen the new stadium next year when tribe rolls in
Was just in NYC @ Yankee Stadium. As a result, I am not sure if I'll make it to the city or not next year. I think our out of state baseball plans might be something more like Mpls/Milwaukee or StL/KC so I can go to Arthur Bryant's. Would still like to catch up with you sometime for a game. The newly posting Guitarvis is a fantastic gent with which to drink at a ballpark.