>Seattle – In an effort to help pass the time after a brutally disapointing season (they always are in Seattle), we are sharing our ballot for awards and the rationale.
AL MVP Candidates:
While there are 5 guys on the ballot, Tallet comes out of consideration right from the getgo since Johnson is clearly the MVP of the Robins.
After that I excluded Nicholson and Barkley as well. While both would be welcomed with open arms in Seattle, both played for teams that didn’t make the playoffs and their #’s pale in comparison to the remaining 2.
That left just Johnson and Martin. At first glance I was sure I was in the Johnson camp. But after studying the #’s it was a lot closer then I realized. Johnson played every game and had 120+ more AB’s, whereas Martin had #’s that were close. In the end I flipped a coin.
PICK – Martin
NL MVP Candidates:
First the exclusions…Stanley had a GREAT year, however I’m not sure he’s even the MVP of his team (Lenny Singleton anyone?) so he’s out.
I’ll also eliminate Pichardo, who had a phenomenal season for the Portland Jacks, helping lead them to the playoffs once again. But his #’s pale in comparison to the others.
That leaves just 3 remaining (Suzuki, Perez, & Glaus). I could easily have picked any and made an argument to back it up. For example, Glaus was the best offensive player on a dominant team. Perez has the best #’s and plays a premium position (CF). However, I’m going with Suzuki because despite the injury to B.C. Parent Suzuki kept this team going and got Chicago back to the playoffs once again. Some might say that it could be attributed to a weak NL North division. To that I say look at his OPS, his perfect fielding PCT (albeit at 1B), and the fact that he carried his team offensively at times.
PICK – Suzuki
AL Cy Young Candidates:
The first exclusions are Matos and Maduro. Matos because a)Frazzman might have a coronary and b)you can’t win a Cy Young w/ an ERA over 4 and other worthy candidates remaining. Maduro because he pitched 58 innings and while was very good, it needs to be damn near historic to win the Cy with that few IP’s.
At first glance it looks like Duane ‘Don’t call me Dennis’ Boyd has the #’s to win it. However, then I remembered to factor in ballparks. That led me to pick Ralph Decker, who pitching in the bandbox in Philadelphia put up similar #’s to the remaining 2.
PICK – Decker
AL Cy Young Candidates:
This is easy since Lenny leads in nearly every major statistical category. I will say that Boone, Bennett or Randall would’ve won if any were in the AL.
PICK – Singleton
AL ROY Candidates:
I’m going with Maddox on this one. he was dominant as a setup man, pitching over 100 innings. But because the 3 hitters (Wolf, Leach, & Sullivan) have similar #’s (and none dominant) I am going with Maddox.
PICK – Maddox
NL ROY Candidates:
This was a tough call. Brock gets excluded because he doesn’t have overwhelming #’s at 1B. All 3 hitters have similar #’s but I’m going with Julio Bonilla for 1 reason – He plays the Hot Corner. Still, I wouldn’t argue with anyone making a case for Pelaez, Curtis or Davenport.
PICK – Bonilla