November 14, 2005
A-Rod's 2005 Season With The Bat
I was just playing around with the Sabermetric Baseball Encyclopedia - trying to find "like" seasons for A-Rod's offensive numbers this year. And, this is what I found:
Chipper did win the MVP in 1999. Why Frank Robinson did not win in 1962, I dunno? Probably because he won it the year before (in 1961). Some might say it was because Maury Wills (who did win it) set the SB record that year. But, Robinson didn't even finish in the top 3 of the vote in 1962 - despite the fact that he was the league's most effective batter in 1962.
I saw a comment over at another site where a Boston fan said something like "Why do they call it the 'MVP' when they don't think about 'Most Valuable' or clutch hitting? They might as well just call it the 'Silver Slugger' Award."
I think the fact that the "best" hitter does not always win - even as far back as 1962 - shows that such a comment is just sour grapes.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 14, 2005 04:44 PM