Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Writer's Take Note Again...AL MVP

After reading my post on why Zack Greinke should win the AL Cy Young Award, the baseball writers association responded by...voting Zack Greinke the 2009 AL Cy Young Award Winner. It is for this reason that I have to wholeheartedly believe that once again the writer's referred to my post on September 22 before they cast their votes for AL MVP. After reading, they promptly voted the Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer American League MVP for 2009, and they did so by awarding him 27 of 28 first place votes.

Do I honestly think my previous posts had anything to do with the voting? No. Do I think Mauer was the most deserving MVP of the American League in 2009...absolutely. A case could be made for several players including those who received votes (Cabrerra, Teixeira, Jeter, etc) but in my eyes, Mauer was the Most Valuable to his team. Any doubt about that statement was erased as we watched Mauer hit .378 from September 13 through the end of the season and carry the Twins to the postseason, after they lost Justin Morneau to injury in the middle of the pennant race with only a few weeks to play.

Its easy to see that Mauer had a historic season, but just how historic was it? Think about this, in the history of the game, there have only been 4 players who have produced a stat line like Mauer did in 2009. Mauer joined former Yankees Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio, and Mickey Mantle as the only players ever...EVER...to have seasons where they hit .365 or better, hit 25 or more home runs, and drove in 90+ runs. What do those four have in common other than they were all Yankees? They are all also enshrined in Cooperstown in the Baseball Hall of Fame. That speaks volumes for the talent that the Twins catcher possesses.

Mauer's 2009 resume included a league leading .365 batting average (his third batting title in 4 years), a league leading OBP of .444, and a league leading Slugging % of .587, becoming the last player to lead his league in all three categories since George Brett of the Kansas City Royals in 1980, along with 28 homers and 96 RBIs. He was also voted to his third All-Star game and won his second straight Gold Glove Award. Mauer becomes just the 10th catcher in the history of the award (1931) to take home the MVP and at 26 he just may actually get better. That's Scary!

Sometimes the writer's look too much at a teams post season success when they place their votes and often World Series rings equal MVP votes, this time however, the writers got it Right.

1 comment:

GM-Carson said...

I predicted every single award correctly in both the AL and NL.