Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Pujols wins MVP, but 3 Gyros receive votes
Pujols is the '09 NL MVP as expected, but check out the official BBWAA results for the exact rundown. As for the 3 Giants that received votes...
Pablo Sandoval finished 7th
Tim Lincecum finished 19th (behind Carpenter and Wainwright interestingly)
Aaaanndddd.... drum roll please!
Jeremy Affeldt finished 28th with 1 10th place vote. Pretty cool for Affeldt who had a monster season as a setup man.
Interesting to me is that Mark Reynolds of Arizona finished 21st in the voting behind guys like Jayson Werth and Yunel Escobar. I know the guy is all or nothing and struck out like 873 times, but compare his numbers to Pujols's:
Reynolds: 98 R, 44 HR, 102 RBI, 24 SB, 76 BB, .892 OPS
Pujols: 124 R, 47 HR, 135 RBI, 16 SB, 115 BB, 1.101 OPS
I'm not saying that Pujols didn't deserve to win unanimously, because he did, I'm just saying that Reynolds had an amazing season and got almost zero recognition, especially in the MVP vote.
These MVP votes are just bizarre in that way. While Reynolds was blasting dongs left and right all year, both Troy Tulowitzki and Derrek Lee, who finished 6th and 9th in the voting respectively, sucked for the first 6 weeks plus of the season.
Then there's the matter of how Timmy wins the Cy, but Carpenter and Wainwright (14th & 15th) finished ahead of his 19th place finish.
The right guy won, and I guess that's all that matters, but the rest of it makes zero friggin sense.