Hamilton Wins AL MVP

Despite more than a couple missed games due to injury at the end of the season, Josh Hamilton won the American League MVP award today.

You’d be hard pressed to find evidence that argues against Hamilton whose 1.044 OPS was more than likely a little buoyed by having the second highest BABIP in all of baseball, but what irks me most about Hamilton’s win is that we’re bound to read more articles about redemption and overcoming great obstacles than what I imagined Josh Hamilton’s favourite book to be about before I discovered it was actually all about incest and slavery.

If you don’t know the story, drugs and alcohol and loose living were threatening to ruin Hamilton’s life before he found Jesus, who despite a backslide, turned his life around and led the slugging outfielder to the promised land of an MVP award.

I know that’s a dismissive way of looking at someone who managed to change their destructive ways with the help of a space daddy looking out for them, but it gets brought up so often by members of the baseball media that it’d be miraculous not to be desensitized to the story at this point.

The voting:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Josh Hamilton, Texas 22 4 2 358
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit 5 11 10 1 1 262
Robinson Cano, New York 12 12 1 3 229
Jose Bautista, Toronto 1 4 8 5 1 6 1 2 165
Paul Konerko, Chicago 4 7 6 5 2 1 2 130
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay 2 3 6 5 5 1 1 100
Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay 1 6 3 2 3 4 2 98
Joe Mauer, Minnesota 2 1 3 6 2 3 4 1 97
Adrian Beltre, Boston 1 1 3 4 9 6 83
Delmon Young, Minnesota 1 2 4 2 1 3 44
Vladimir Guerrero, Texas 2 1 4 3 22
Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay 1 1 1 1 3 21
CC Sabathia, New York 2 3 1 13
Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland 1 1 2 9
Alex Rodriguez, New York 1 1 1 8
Felix Hernandez, Seattle 1 6
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle 3 3
Jim Thome, Minnesota 2 2
Joakim Soria, Kansas City 1 1
Mark Teixeira, New York 1 1

The only thing more egregious than Jose Bautista getting a first place vote over Hamilton and Miguel Cabrera (I’m looking at you, Davidi), is that he received nine votes that ranked him seventh or worse.  I’m not sure what hallucinogen these writers were on for the entirety of the 2010 regular season, but I’m pretty sure most baseball fans would be hard pressed to find seven better players in the American League than the guy who hit 15 more home runs than his next closest competitor.

And that concludes the Baseball Writers Association of America’s relevance until the ballots get filled out for the Hall of Fame.

Comments (11)

  1. Which players on the ballot cost the least for each point?

    Hamilton $9078.21
    Longoria $9500
    Bautista $14545.46
    Cano $34351.15
    Young $59090.91

  2. First of all, that it’s a slow day at work.

    Second of all, that Hamilton, Longoria, Bautista et al had great years with comparatively low salaries.

    Of course those salaries will skyrocket once they get new contracts with the Yankees, but whatever.

  3. I see. Yep. I totally agree. The more closely I look at it, the closer I come to believing that, with the way baseball’s salary system is structured, a GM should basically never, ever sign a free agent.

  4. Ya, maybe if they never did, I wouldn’t have to shell out $100-$150 for the lady and I to go to a game.

  5. I saw that the numbers were flawed after you mention free agency.

  6. The first place vote for Bautista is bad, but the 9th and 10th place votes are even worse.

    And I honestly don’t get the ridiculous amounts of love that Robinson Cano is getting. A .914 OPS is great, but Joey Bats’ .995 OPS is much, much better. People then bring up Cano plays a “middle of the diamond position”. Well, technically second base is near the middle, but in most educated people’s eyes, the “middle of the diamond positions” are catcher, shortstop, and centerfield. Second base isn’t particularly hard to play. Bautista bounced between 2 drastically different positions, third base and right field, on a day-to-day basis. That should carry some weight on the defensive side. So basically, Cano edged out Bautista for 3rd place because he played on a contender and had a solid season. That’s wonderful. Lets throw history down the toilet every time a Yankee player has an above average season.

    It’s not like the Blue Jays were playing meaningless games during September. Lord knows Cito Gaston was doing his best to get to his .500+ season (not sure if Cito’s effort would be a positive, though). Almost the entire month of September was divisional games for us, and I’m too lazy to look up the stats, but I wouldn’t be surprised if our performances against New York and Tampa Bay in the final month of the year were a major factor in determining the winner of the AL East.

  7. Seriously, which writers barely threw a bone to Bautista with a 10th place vote? What an insult.

  8. As always, those writers that voted Bautista so low were likely just oblivious to the fact that he had such a great year. American baseball writers forget the Jays exist. All…the…time.

    Also, I turn the channel every time I see a “I beat the odds” Hamilton story or any time I see his face on camera. Honestly, I’m not against anyone believing whatever they want, but it makes me want to beat my head into a stone wall every time he thanks god. I’ll stop because I don’t want to go on a anti-fundamentalist rant.

    He did deserve to win, so good on him for being a high quality baseball outfielder.

  9. I can’t wait until space daddy’s kid comes back and our ghosts can all party together.

  10. My Space Daddy would totally kick your Space Daddy’s ass.

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