Sorry for my absence! I’ve been sick and going through prolonged baseball withdrawal, which is not a good combination. (Also been eating a lot of cranberry chocolate, which is pretty much the greatest thing currently on Planet Earth.)
I know what you’re thinking, but you need to go buy your own. You can’t have mine.
But I am back and ready to tackle some big things like the fact that every single MLB player is fleeing to the Blue Jays and also that our very own Buster Posey was named Most Valuable Player.
We knew he was most valuable. But it’s still pretty marvelous for everyone else to confirm it. We are very lucky to have Buster in San Francisco and while it’s faded from memory now, it really wasn’t a given that he’d be back every day after his injury in 2011. There was a lot of uncertainty that his mammoth season just about wiped out, but it’s incredible all the same. Congratulations, Buster.
The American League was a bit of a murkier prospect. Much was made of the Mike Trout vs. Miguel Cabrera thing and there were more than a few outraged baseball fans when Cabrera took the award in what ended up being not a very close race at all. And I was annoyed by that. Because frankly, what it came down to was one very good baseball player vs. another very good baseball player. I saw Trout play in Anaheim and he was amazing to watch. I’ve never personally seen Cabrera play, but I have no doubt he is amazing as well.
I would venture to say that this wasn’t all about advanced statistics and sabermetrics; I think as the arguments went on, Cabrera came to signify old school and Trout, new school, in some people’s minds and while that’s fine, it sort of defeats the original argument that these decisions should be entirely based on advanced stats.
I also have to what the point is of an award that is voted on by people if those people are all going to vote based on a certain stat sheet – which stats are important to different people? I have always thought the point of the BWAA awards was that writers who see these players every day make judgment calls. A judgment call cannot, really, be right or wrong. The writers picked the person they picked and ultimately, he’s one of the best players in the game right now. End of story.
But were you all on Team Trout or Team Cabrera? Maybe they should have just named Buster Posey Most Valuable Player in the League, People, Deal With It and left it at that. Much less controversy.