Below I made up my Cy Young and MVP choices and let someone else dig into the Rookie award. I did not go all the way to the 10 place but to keep with your tabulations I will do so and let my below reasons explain the top tier of my voting reasoning. Yes, I had a lot of fun with this year end stat compluations, didn’t know how good Ellsbury was in all the categories when comparing them to what I considered the front runners.
AL Cy Young NL Cy Young AL MVP NL MVP
1. Justin Velander 1. Clayton Kershaw 1. Justin Velander 1. Matt Kemp
2. Jeff Weaver 2. Roy Hallady 2. Jacoby Ellsbury 2. Ryan Braun
3. CC Sabathia 3. Cliff Lee 3. Miguel Cabrera 3. Clayton Kershaw
4. J. Shields 4. Ian Kennedy 4. Curtis Granderson 4. Prince Fielder
5. R. Romero 5. Cole Hamels 5. Adrian Gonzalez 5. Joey Votto
6. Robinson Cano 6. Roy Hallady
7. Jeff Weaver 7. Cliff Lee
8. Juan Bautista 8. Ian Kennedy
9. CC Sabathia 9. Albert Puljos
10. Victor Martinez 10. Jose Reyes
There is no logical reason the Cy Young Award winners shouldn’t be Justin Velander and Clayton Ker-fax (Kershaw+Koufax). They BOTH won theTriple Crown, and no Triple Crown winner has ever (or should have) lost the award, even though Jeff Weaver of the Angels was held out his last start and was only .001 (2 shut out innings) behind Velander for the ERA part of the Crown. Their winning the Crown is an individual statistic and not a TEAM effort (accept for Wins) and should not awarded based on TEAM performance.
Clayton Kershaw NL, TRIPLE CROWN had the lowest OPS against since they started that stat except for a steroid Roger Clemens (once) and that was only by .002. His .207 BA and the only NL with a WHIPS under 1.000 makes his year even more phenomenal. Even though he compiled these stats on a .500 team makes his individual stats, especially his Wins, that much more impressive. His last half statistics were some of the best ever in the history of Major League Baseball. Ker-fax W-L 12-1 ERA 1.31 INN 102.2 101 K’s WHIP 0.89 BAA .189
Runner Up-Roy Haladay
Justin Velander, AL, TRIPLE CROWN was so dominant and so far a head of the rest of the league, he was not challenged by anyone but Weaver for any of his Triple Crown statistics. Him also winning 25% of his teams total also gives him TEAM award bonus (MVP) as the Tigers would not have won without him.
Runner Up-Jeff Weaver
- C.C. Sabathia
This is an individual award, not a Team award, even though the team has much to do with how good or bad the statistics are generated. The race to the very last day decided the Triple Crown category winners. Of the three legitimate MVP candidates of Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder only Kemp won any of them and won two, HR’s and RBI’s. He was until the last 3 games in contention for the 3rd crown, the batting crown that went to Non MVP contender Jose Reyes of the NYM. The main offensive categories and each of their respective ranks. Ranking in parenthesis:
BA Runs HR TB SB OPS NL Ranking AVE
Kemp .324 (3) 115 (1) 39 (1) 353 (1) 40 (2) .986 (2) 1.6 Not counting SB
Braun .332 (2) 109 (2) 33 (6) 336 (2) 33 (7) .994 (1) 2.6
Fielder .299 (15) 96 (7) 38 (2) 322 (3) 1 (NR) .981 (3) 6.00
Based on pure statistics via one Fantancy Baseball format of points valued by: (+-1) point BA of .300 higher or lower, (1) for hits and walks, (2) for doubles, (3) for triples, (4) for home runs, (2) stolen bases, (1) for runs and RBI’s.
Totals: Kemp 848
Braun is on a pennent winning team, he gets bonus points for helping his team do so. Both Fielder and Braun had each others great seasons to help each others statistics as well as help the team win 96 ball games, a club record. Kemp on the other hand is on a barely .500 team, 82-79 Dodgers. With non comparable team mate help, Kemp’s overall statistics are much harder to come by than either Braun or Fielder. Without Fielder or Braun in the line-up the Brewers would have probably still win their division with a generic player in their places. Kemp on the other hand had such an overwhelming statistical impact on the Dodgers that the Dodgers would have been considerably worse off without him in it and a generic player in his place.
Another analysis is if each of the three were in each of the others teams line-up, which would have fared better. Fielder and Braun certainly wouldn;t have had the runs scored or RBI’s they had in the Dodgers line up, whereas Kemp would have had many more opportunities for scoring runs and driving in runs in the Brewers line-up.
NL MVP- MATT KEMP
Runner-Up: Ryan Braun
3rd: Prince Fielder
All of my contenders were on 90+ winning ball clubs, except Juan Bautista (Blue Jays), with winners being Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Justin Velander (Tigers), Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano (Yankees). Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzales (Bosox). Velander is the only pitcher, a position I don’t usually consider for the MVP for two reasons, a position player can’t win the Cy Young, and a starting pitcher normally only plays every 5th day. But as the leagues MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, not batter, I think Velander deserves at least mention if not also be the winner. The hitters statistics:
BA Runs HR TB SB OPS NL Ranking AVE
Cabrera .344 (1) 111 (4) 30 (10) 335 (3) 2 (NR) 1.033 (2) 5 NOT counting SB
Granderson .262(45) 136 (1) 41 (2) 322 (5) 25 (14) .916 (6) 11.8 should have large bonus for SB
Cano .302(12) 104 (7) 28 (17) 332 (4) 8 (65) .882 (10) 7.6
Ellsbury .321 (5) 119 (3) 32 (5) 364 (1) 39 (4) .928 (5) 3.8 should have major bonus for SB
Gonzalez .338 (2) 108 (5) 27(18) 345 (2) 1 (NR) .957 (3) 6.2
Bautista .302 (12) 105 (6) 43 (1) 312 (6) 9 ( 59) 1.056 (1) 5.2
Based on above Statistics Ellsbury is MVP and including SB where he leads the group, he is a comfortable leader in the club house, now lets look at the Fantacy statistical approach, which again weighs in favor of a better batting average, which hurt Granderson greatly in above comparisons.
Based on the combination of all available statistics I deem most necessary to determine the statistical BATTING champ, add the value to their teams effort and the team mates surrounding them, all teams but Bautista had plenty of help accumulating their individual statistics. Bautista played in fewer games, but even if had a better line-up around him and played more games he would not climb any further than past Cano. Granderson was hurt majorly by poor batting average, but even if he hit .300, he would not get better than a distant 2nd, and the fact that he didn’t hit even close to .300 takes him out of my consideration when all others did well in all 10 statistical categories.
Ellsbury was only beat by Matt Kemp for total Fantacy points based on the 10 overall categories and he led all of baseball in Total Bases, hit for power and stole 39 bases. Ellsbury’s overall excellence in every category catepults him into my MVP category for Hitters.
Justin Velander is in the playoffs, and Ellsbury isn’t. The Tigers would not have won their division with Velanders 24 victories and Ellsbury did not make the playoffs even though he had a line-up that led MLB in runs and OPS, so Ellbury had a lot of help around him. Cabrera was the driving force offensively for the Tigers but his total offensive contribution does not match Ellsbury in total.
With Velander being so much more dominate than Ellsbury in my opinion in being the most valuable player based on the WAR figure based on the impact he would have on the AL if he were to be replaced by a generic player of average quality. Boston’s place would be no different without Ellsbury’s phenomenal year.
AL MVP-JUSTIN VELANDER
Runner-Up: Jacoby Ellsbury
3rd Place: Miguel Cabrera
OVER-ALL MVP IN MLB: MATT KEMP
RUNNER-UP: CLAYTON KERSHAW
3RD: JUSTIN VELANDER
4TH- RYAN BRAUN
5TH- JACOBY ELLSBURY
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