Wednesday, November 19, 2008

About the guy who didn't have Pedroia on his MVP ballot

... it was Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. He probably should have unplugged his computer and taken the battery out of his BlackBerry so he could be unreachable until this blows over. Instead, he went on the Boston all-sports station WEEI yesterday to explain why he didn't consider the Red Sox hero who won the American MVP among his top ten players in the league. It was priceless:
Grant: "What I value is getting on base and scoring runs!"
Bostonian A: "He scored 118!"
Bostonian B: "Didn't he lead the league?"
To be honest, there is a lot of sympathy for the baseball writers who vote for the MLB Awards. They work crazy long hours. There is probably not time to sit around strip-mining Seamhead sites such Baseball Prospectus and FanGraphs, and coming up with a cogent argument for the MVP. On the other hand, they take it so seriously and yet every year there's some full-blown wackaloon results.

One day we'll get past it, promise.

(A tip of the cap to Brian Foley from The College Baseball Blog.)

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