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NL MVP? Give me a day (or three)

Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:03 pm
 
I see Scott Miller went with Ryan Braun over Matt Kemp for National League MVP.

Today I agree with him. Yesterday I didn't. Friday I did.

He had to decide today, because our editors demanded a column. I have until Thursday, the day after the regular season ends.

Braun or Kemp?

Their numbers are similar. Braun took his team to the playoffs. Kemp played in a tougher ballpark, and with much less support in the lineup.

I've heard the arguments. I've heard from Kemp fans who say I'm crazy to even consider anyone else, and from Braun fans who want to know how I could vote for someone whose team hasn't played a meaningful game in months.

Normally, I wouldn't. Until last week, I barely considered Kemp as MVP.

He's having a special season. He deserves to be considered.

As of today, I'm not voting for him. Tomorrow, maybe I am.

All that matters is what I think Thursday. And we're not there yet.

As for the other awards:

AL MVP: An equally tough choice, but Scott's right, it's Justin Verlander. No single player has dominated this season the way he has.  I was a Curtis Granderson supporter when September began, I've been swayed by Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury, but it's Verlander who should (and likely will) win.

NL Cy Young: I hate to go against Roy Halladay, but I love to go against Scott. So it's Clayton Kershaw, in a very, very close call.

AL Cy Young: I love to go against Scott, but I'm not crazy. It's Verlander, and it's not close.

NL Manager of the Year: Kirk Gibson, and with apologies to Ron Roenicke, who did a fantastic job, it's not close.

AL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon, whether or not his Rays end up in the playoffs.

AL Rookie of the Year: Jeremy Hellickson.

NL Rookie of the Year: Craig Kimbrel.


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Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:38 am
 

NL MVP? Give me a day (or three)

How do you give an MVP award to a player who only plays once every five days?  No other player on the team can win the CY young.  CY young is for pitchers, MVP is for position players.  Verlander is great, he is the hands down CY young winner, but he didn't do more for the tigers than any one of the regular EVERY DAY position players giving him run support. 
And it isn't going against Halladay to say that Kershaw should be the NL CY young, it is just common sense.  Kershaw OUT performed the Doc this year.  Quite your flippin whinning Philly fans.  Kershaw owns the lead in the important categories, and had he not been ejected from one game on a bogus charge, he woul have innings pitched (you know...the difference was like .02 innings). 
Kemp out performed Braun in almost every way.  He LEADS NL in homers and RBI's and is third in average.  He is the only guy in ALL THREE top categories and he leads two of them!  This in a pitchers park!  He has no protecdtion in his line up!  He is the better player this year.  You writers need to stop playing favorites and pick the better guy.  Who cares if the team goes to the playoffs, it is MVP, not MVP of a playoff team!  Pull your head out of your rectal tract!


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