Utley Robbed in MVP Voting

November 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm 2 comments

Chase Utley
(Photo by: Chuck Solomon/SI)

Albert Pujols was unanimously named the National League MVP, and rightfully so. He was the most valuable player in the league. The BBWAA voters did a decent job this year of giving the hardware to the right players. Pujols, Joe Mauer, Tim Lincecum, and Zack Greinke were all no-brainers to me and the two rookies of the year (Chris Coghlan and Andrew Bailey) were not bad selections even though they were not my selections. But, where the voters did go wrong was when they tried to quantify the value of Chase Utley, who finished 8th in the NL MVP voting.

Here is the chart from the BBWAA (sorry I couldn’t fit the entire chart here):

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Albert Pujols, Cardinals 32                   448
Hanley Ramirez, Marlins   15 5 3 3   2 3 1   233
Ryan Howard, Phillies   6 8 7 5 1 3 1     217
Prince Fielder, Brewers   5 9 7 3 1   3 1 3 203
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies   3 6 5 5 5 1 1     172
Andre Ethier, Dodgers   2   3 2 5 4 5 3   113
Pablo Sandoval, Giants     1   2 5 5 6 1 4 89
Chase Utley, Phillies     2 2 1 5 4   3 1 84
Derrek Lee, Cubs   1     3 3 2 2 5   66
Matt Kemp, Dodgers       2 1 2 3 1 1 2 49
Ryan Braun, Brewers         3 1   2 4 6 43
Adrian Gonzalez, Padres       1   1   3 2 5 30
Todd Helton, Rockies     1 1   1 1   2   28
Chris Carpenter, Cardinals         1 2 1   2 1 25
Adam Wainwright, Cards         1     2 1 2 16
Matt Holliday,Cardinals       1     1   2   15
Jayson Werth, Phillies         1   1       10
Shane Victorino, Phillies             2       8
Tim Lincecum, Giants             1   1 2 8
Yunel Escobar, Braves         1           6
Mark Reynolds, D-backs               1 1 1 6
Joey Votto, Reds             1       4
Yadier Molina, Cardinals               1     3
Miguel Tejada, Astros               1     3
Huston Street, Rockies                 1   2
Justin Upton, D-backs                 1   2
Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals                   2 2
Jeremy Affeldt, Giants                   1 1
Chris Coghlan, Marlins                   1 1
Brad Hawpe, Rockies

As you can see, Utley is not even close in the voting. Granted, no one should be close to the unanimous Pujols, but zero 2nd place votes is simply ridiculous. He was easily 2nd on my imaginary ballot thanks to these overlooked stats: .282/.397/.508 with a wOBA of .402, 31 homers, 23 stolen bases (zero caught stealing), only grounding into 5 double plays, a UZR/150 of +11.3, a fielding percentage of .985, and 7.6 WAR, all while playing a middle infield position. What did those stats get him? Well, he was already snubbed for a Gold Glove award and now he has been completely left off of 14 ballots.

This year the voters have taken a step forward in evaluating players by selecting six deserving players for the major awards. But, they still have a very long way to go when Ryan Howard finishes 3rd, Matt Holliday receives four votes including a 4th place vote, and Jeremy Affeldt is getting votes that Chase Utley should surely be getting first.

-stats from fangraphs.com

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Suzy  |  November 25, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    BOOOOO!!! I must agree… I am utterly fed up with Utley getting no kuddos! Seriously Ridiculous.

    Reply
  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I just hope he keeps doing what he does and by the time he retires people look past his lack of awards if/when he is considered for the Hall.

    Reply

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