Monday, November 21, 2011
Justin Verlander Is The MVP? Really?
Clemens '86- 254 IP, 24-4, 8.43 K/9, 2.37 BB/9, 2.48 ERA, 2.81 FIP, 8.0 WAR
Pedro '99- 213.1 IP, 23-4, 13.20 K/9, 1.56 BB/9, 2.07 ERA, 1.39 FIP, 12.1 WAR (only 31 GS)
Verlander '11- 251 IP, 25-4, 8.96 K/9, 2.04 BB/9, 2.40 ERA, 2.99 FIP, 7.0 WAR
I don't get it. I really don't. Looking back at the way the voting went when Clemens won in 1986 and this year, it looks like both he and Verlander benefited from the same thing- a bunch of other position player candidates who all had similar great seasons without any one player distinguishing himself as head and shoulders above the others. But if Pedro Martinez didn't win the MVP in 1999 with those numbers then there's no way you can convince me that Justin Verlander deserved the award in 2011 over guys like Bautista, Granderson, or Ellsbury. And remember, this is a guy who hates the Fraud Sawx more than anything saying this.
The media jumped on the Verlander bandwagon late in the summer and basically hand delivered the award to him, and that's just sad. Cy Young? sure. But more valuable than those everyday players and the seasons they had? Not on your life. MLB should just change to Most Popular Player Amongst The Media Award, or MPPATM, starting next season because that's really all it is now.
P.S.- Yes, I'm a grown man who just used a WWE clip of The Miz to express my disdain for the AL MVP Award voting. Suck it.