Above is a section of text from an article at MLB.com going over some of the more intriguing match ups scheduled for the 2012 season.

Of course, if you’ll remember back to late November, you may recall that Jose Bautista wasn’t actually awarded the AL MVP, as it went instead to Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. In fact, Bautista, despite leading the league in most of the important offensive categories ended up finishing third in voting behind Jacoby Ellsbury as well.

It may not be the blight on the Baseball Writers Association of America that their record for Hall of Fame voting is, but nonetheless, Bautista’s poor showing on the ballots for MVP leaves a bitter taste in this mouth. And mistakes over the events that actually transpired tend not to sweeten it up very much.

Comments (7)

  1. I thought I wasn’t bitter anymore……nope still very bitter.

  2. It’s probably better this way: Jose seems to be at his best when he’s angry, like that time Ivan Nova tried to brush him off the plate. If he carries a grudge against the BBWAA this season, I won’t complain.

  3. At least they are finally getting it right at mlb.com

  4. MLB.com is a ghetto site. The player pages look pathetic. Show a little pride in your product MLB. Every single site out there has better looking player pages…

  5. you’d think the offseason would have pissed him off since they didn’t sign every single possible free agent, amirite “hardcore Blue Jays fans”?

  6. The biggest problem is that baseball writers in general are pretty dumb. The fact that the BBWAA actually decides who deserves these awards is unreal. I mean, Michael Young got a first place vote, how can these people be allowed one of the very limited votes for such prestigious awards?

    Not to mention the homer effect: Boston/New York and other very large markets are represented by more writers in the voting than other markets. No doubt that many of these writers are biased towards their own city’s players and will certainly give them the vote if the numbers are anywhere close.

    Also you have the ridiculous “feel-good story” effect of Verlander, where many people argued that a pitcher shouldn’t be eligible to win the MVP, and so many writers made a POINT of voting Verlander number one. It did not really matter if he deserved number one or not (he didn’t), it was a message to the rest of the media that they were going to change things.

    Oh and ALSO the unbelievable argument that you have to have been on a competitive team to be considered (many of the BBWAA writers actually believe this garbage). It’s funny how much people don’t understand what WAR or other similar stats mean in terms of how valuable a player was to their team. Somehow Bautista’s bat “dropping off” in the second half of the season kept them out of the playoffs (despite the fact that his OPS was still .900 during the second half, which is shorter than the first half, and nearly as good as Ellsbury’s SEASON OPS). And I wish I could have directed those writers to Bautista’s splits page on BBR, he easily had the best clutch stats in the majors all season, and we all remember how great he was in those late&close situations.

    Holy shit this got me pissed off again. I hate you Parkes.

  7. To be fair to the article’s author, we all know Jose Bautista was the AL’s most valuable player. He just wasn’t the AL Most Valuable Player.

    Maybe the authour was referring to the former and not the latter.

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