Because of the divisive nature of the American League MVP vote, the National League ballot slipped under the radar – a tragedy as it featured no less than five legitimate contenders for Best the NL crown. In the end, the award went to Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants. A worthy winner from the eventual World Series champions.
The reasoning for Posey’s selection relative to the choice of Cabrera over Trout is very interesting indeed. Ryan Braun offensive numbers dwarfed Posey’s in every way, hitting more home runs while posting a higher on base percentage and counting more RBI. Posey’s team made the playoffs while Braun is a quasi-disgraced reported drug abuser. Posey also predominantly plays behind the plate, a positional adjustment even the most regressive of game story crafter cannot ignore.
Andrew McCutchen also posted terrific numbers for an also-ran club in Pittsburgh while Yadier Molina posted great catcher numbers for a playoff team – not to mention his superlative defensive reputation. Even Chase Headley’s numbers stand out when his cavernous ballpark is considered.
In the end, the safe vote was Posey because it was, realistically, the correct vote.
And the Rest
The down ballot nonsense was extra crazy this year. Beyond the Boxscore gets inside the votes with their numbery goodness. [BtBs]
Our friend Kevin Kaduk with a terrific breakdown of how the Trout/Cabrera vote split, with word from each and every voter. [Big League Stew]
Grant Brisbee – apostate [Brisbee Nation]
Andrew Baggerly ensures Buster Posey’s undercarriage is spic and span. [CSN Bay Area]
Get your Hardball Times Annual while it’s hot! [Hardball Times]
Matt Garza is ready to go and now his old friend The Fat Catcher is in the mix! [Chicago Sun-Times]
BJ Upton met with both the Braves and the Phillies. Somebody is going to get RICH [MLBTR]
David Schoenfield ranks Posey’s MVP season as one of the best catcher years of all time. [ESPN Sweetspot]
Joe Posnanski gonna Joe Pa. Wait, that is NOT an appropriate nickname for him. [Joe Blog]
You wanna know why Trout deserves the MVP more than Miggy? His highlight reel is WAY COOLER.