I have always enjoyed examining the total voting points of each MVP every year. Without failure, I always find a few chuckles in seeing how the entrusted baseball writers of this country cast their ballots. Usually, most of them are pretty close in voting for the true MVP of each league since statistics over a long stretch usually support who was perceived to have the best seasons; although, often writers are swayed by which players have the best last few months to push their teams into the playoff single-handedly (hence, resulting in things like Frank Thomas finishing 4th in 2006).
But far and away, the best votes are the guys who mingle at the bottom with lowly one, two, and three point totals. These are the votes that will not count for shit. I suppose that some high and mighty writers believe that they should place the 10th actual best player in the league in that slot in order to honor the system, but those guys are delusional. That's why the best votes are the humorous ones like Steve Kline in 2001 or Andy Benes in 1994. Hilarious votes. Even made funnier because I bet that some of these votes I find so laughter-inducing were probably serious on the part of the writer. But that makes them even funnier.
That's why I decided that we had to have our own MVP voting process here at Start Wedman. The participants were myself, Zach, Garcia, Tristan, and Mr. Anonymous (who went wild with comments on each vote that were cut to save space on the interwebs) - so you will be able to guess where some of the random votes came from. Plus, I added in the top ten players for WAR in each league to balance out the silliness a little bit. I will keep my comments after each voting briefish so that we can discuss the results more in the comments.
Without further adieu, here is the result in the National League (number of first place votes is in parentheses next to the player's name):
|1||Joey Votto (4)||57|
|2||Albert Pujols (2)||54|
|19||Clay Zavada's Mustache||3|
Wow, look at that, we were able to have a pretty legit vote. I imagine that the real results will look similar to this when they are released - with Votto edging out Pujols just barely. I expect that Huff, Torres, and Lincecum might see a few extra votes with the Giants making the World Series. And I can only hope that Clay Zavada's Mustache fairs better with the real baseball writers.
The American League is a little wackier:
|2||Miguel Cabrera (1)||47|
|3||Josh Hamilton (3)||44|
|4||Robinson Cano (2)||40|
|16||Ken Griffey Jr.||4|
This one came out all sorts of messed up. First, Jose Bautista wins by one point despite not getting a first place vote, but he fell between second and fourth on every ballot. Josh Hamilton got ass raped by Zach, who didn't place the born again Christian anywhere on his ballot. Because of Hamilton not placing on Zach's ballot, Cabrera should have walked away with the MVP, but WAR had him ranked 9th in the AL, which led to Bautista's surprising victory. I can only hope the MVP voting works out this way in real life. Fuck Josh Hamilton.
Congrats to Joey Votto and Jose Bautista for winning the first YSSW MVP Awards - I hope it means a lot to them.