One Awful NL MVP Ballot

November 17, 2008 at 10:37 pm 7 comments


Journalist Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel covers the Milwaukee Brewers “professionally”. He also gets a vote with the BBWAA and turns in a ballot for each award voted by the BBWAA. Well, the one he turned in this season has to be the worst one of the year .

His ballot reads:

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

We all know I think Pujols was the easy choice and I can understand some people placing a first place for someone else but to place him 7th saying “with the Cardinals finishing fourth, I voted Pujols seventh on my ballot” is just ridiculous. First off, the standings shouldn’t have an outcome on a player’s value. Secondly, while they did finish 4th they were only 4 games out of the Wild Card and they had the 5th best run differential in the league, a stat that is heavily held up by Pujols’ offense and defense.

There’s more. Haudricourt completely leaves Hanley Ramirez off his ballot. All Hanley Ramirez did was hit .301/.400/.540 with 33 homers and 35 steals at shortstop (albeit not the best shortstop). His SLG of .540 was the best of any NL middle infielder. He also puts C.C. Sabathia 2nd and Manny Ramirez 4th. Two players that didn’t even play half the season in the NL. Sure they had fantastic overall seasons and fantastic stints with thier NL clubs but one should never be a top 5 MVP candidate while playing so few games.

Lastly, one of the two things that probably irk me most. The first is that Haudricourt puts so much weight into September stats. Here are a few quotes from his article:

“I had an MVP ballot and voted for Howard first because he almost single-handedly carried the Phillies to the playoffs by batting .352 with 11 homers and 32 RBI in September.”

“I voted Fielder higher than Braun because Fielder had a much better September when the Brewers were clawing to get in the playoffs. “

I can’t stand that! September stats are no more important than April stats or August stats or any other month. Each games carries the same amount of weight in the standings no matter the month. Where was Howard when he hit .168/.298./347 in April? How about when he hit .213/.328/.463 in August? Each month is equal. Now to top it all off with probably the most ridiculous thing of all is that Haudricourt had 3 Brewers in his top 9. A little biased? Maybe.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  November 18, 2008 at 8:11 am

    I was a bit surprised that Pujols won the MVP based solely on the Cardinals did pretty poor this season (as a matter of competing for a playoff spot). With that said, it just proves how much people feel the need for playoff team have a the MVP. Pujols was pretty much a shoe in based on his stats, but that guy made some pretty ludacris remarks based on his ballot voting.

    Yes Howard rolled everybody in HRs and RBIs, but he had a horrible average. I think if he would have won, he would have had the lowest average since like the sixties or something insane. Could this possibly lead to people voting for the best player, and involve the team’s record at all? I doubt it, but we can all dream.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 18, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I would’ve gone nuts if Ryan Howard won. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good player and deserves a top 10 vote but he had a poor OBP and his defense is awful. People seem to forget that defense counts in voting, too. I also can’t believe Utley was nowhere to be found on most ballots.

  • 3. Charlie Nehl  |  November 18, 2008 at 9:27 am

    I was thinking the same thing about Utley. I knew he had a slower second half, but I didn’t think it would be enough to drop him down that far.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 18, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Especially when Utley plays a premium position and is possibly the best at it (eventhough he didn’t win the Gold Glove but those are handed out blindly).

  • 5. Cody S  |  November 18, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    I don’t understand what tom was thinking here. I’ve gotten a chance to talk to talk to him once and read him daily in the milwaukee journal sentinel, but this just does not make sense; especially putting Fielder over Braun & Pujols ALL the way down to 7th.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I’m with you 100% Cody. I don’t get it either.

  • 7. MikeMcGinnis  |  November 22, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    i have ti disagree strongly with chalie’s point about the cards doing poorly.

    i mean going into the 2008 season what did you really expect to get out of a team with rick ankiel,skip schumaker,an old troy gluas,ryan ludwick and branden looper and kyle loshe being expected to carry the rotation.

    really it was a miracle that the cards didn’t lose 90 games let alone be over .500

    pujols was my no doubt about i pick for mvp. the guy does it all and is one of the most prolific forces at the plate this game has seen in the past 20 years.

    as for ryan howard. the guy has great power and rbi totals but he’s DH just waiting to happen. his strikeout totals are absurd he tries to pull everything and he can lose you games with his glove. to me he’s like a 21st century version of gorman thomas but, from the left side of the plate


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