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An MVP Ballot for the Ages
Posted by herbilk (3198 days ago)
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I usually don't really get very worked up about the voting for league MVP and other awards like that because I know everyone has a different idea of what it means to be an MVP. This ballot, though, by Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is something to behold.

1. Ryan Howard, Phil
2. CC Sabathia, Mil
3. Manny Ramirez, LA
4. Carlos Delgado, NY
5. Aramis Ramirez, Chi
6. Prince Fielder, Mil
7. Albert Pujols, Stl
8. Ryan Ludwick, Stl
9. Ryan Braun, Mil
10. David Wright, NY

He goes on to say that he basically disqualifies players on teams that aren't in playoff contention and that September stats mean just about everything. It's one thing to vote based on non-statistical stats and it's another thing to be deranged

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Poincare commented 3197 days ago
"Deranged" may be a little strong--but just a little. My personal favorites are ranking Prince Fielder above Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick directly behind Pujols and above both Ryan Braun and David Wright.
vtadave commented 3197 days ago
2 guys in the top three that spent a total of four months in the NL. Fantastic.

This guy is a tool. Why not have Chase Utley above Pujols as well? Maybe J.J. Hardy? Salomon Torres for NL Cy Young?
Erickson commented 3197 days ago
Read the article, and his subsequent follow-up post. The pretzel logic applied is even worse than the vote itself. It's poor logic, applied badly.
thepearl-673 commented 3197 days ago
Yes, Haudricourt is an idiot. However, since Pujols ranted about how Howard didn't deserve the MVP 2 years ago since the Phillies didn't make the play-offs (even though the Phillies actually had a better record that year than the Cardinals) He should be consistent, do the right thing and decline the award. Obviously, with his convictions as to the player's team needing to make the play-offs to deserve it, he won't be able to sleep at night should he accept it.
Erickson commented 3197 days ago
pearl - Pujols reversed his stance back in 2006, two days after his comments. Plus, it's not as if Howard gave his back.
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