8.20.2009

Man Muscles For MVP

Mauer for MVPClearly, you all saw this post coming from a mile away, but it's high time BLB weighs in on the controversial "Joe Mauer For MVP" debate. No homerism here, we're just gonna lay out the facts. The cold, hard truth. Yes, we love his sideburns and humble MinnesotaNice with all of our hearts, but sideburns don't earn most valuable player awards. Neither do P's and Q's.

The first naysayer will take the "he's on a losing team" route. To that we say, what about your ever-loving A-Rod? Alex Rodriguez won the AL MVP award in 2003 in his final season with the Texas Rangers, who were dead last in the West with a 71-91 record. His 47 home runs, .600 slugging percentage and 124 runs scored were top in the league. (Too bad he totally cheated that year.)

If the 2009 season were to end today, Mauer would lead the entire game with a .380 batting average and .448 OBP, and would be high atop the AL with a .675 slugging %. He's also ninth in the league in home runs with 25, and tenth in RBIs with 77. Mauer's no monster slugger, but he's got one of the sweetest swings in baseball when he makes contact, which is often.

Sure, Mark Teixeira is having a super swell season (.288 AVG/.385 OBP/.562 SLG) with 30 homers and 32 doubles. He also spends half his time hanging out in a shopping mall with a ballfield in the middle of it: a.k.a. The New Yankee Stadium, which has become one of the biggest hitter's parks ever. In fact, he's hit only 11 bombs away from home this season. Tex's defense at first base is pretty amazing, but Mauer's position puts far more strain on his body. And the Metrodome just plain sucks to hit in. And Joe managed to put these numbers up after missing the entire month of April. And... so there.

For you stat geeks, here's a neat little table set up by Dayn Perry over at FOX Sports. He's one smart cookie...


So is there really even a debate here? I think as long as Man Muscles continues to kick ass over the next six weeks until those 28 newspaper writers cast their votes, he'll run away with the MVP Award -- along with his record-breaking third batting title as a backstop -- whether the Twins play baseball in October or not.

P.S. Check out BLB's 12 Second Trivia #3! We'll stump you eventually. Maybe.

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

HELL. YES.

Megs said...

He's got it, I don't know what everyone is all concerned about.

Griffin said...

Mauer definitely deserves it. It isn't even close.

Jacob said...

To reiterate what anonymous just said: HELL and YES. It's just too bad 14 of those 28 writers are Yankees fans.

Dan said...

This was a great article Sooz, but it didn't even need words, that chart alone from FS did the trick in convincing me.

Bill said...

AfreakinMEN.

Another thing along the lines of the Dayn Perry info: people are going to talk (well, keep talking) about Teixeira's RBIs and how he's a big-time run producer. Well, he's batted with 377 runners on base and driven in 15.4% of them--a pretty average figure, and fourth on his own team.

Man Muscles has batted with just 238 runners on, but has driven in 21.8% of them--best in the major leagues.

So Teixeira isn't even better than Mauer at the thing Tex is really known for, driving in runners--he's just better at happening to be in a lineup where more guys get on base for him.

Anonymous said...

can you imagine if mauer actually WAS surrounded by a better team? his numbers would inflate to ridiculus proportions.

Anonymous said...

2 Twins posts in a row, ladies? I like it!!

Parlay Bouquet said...

You cannot stump a 41-year-old Dodgers fan when the answer is Don Sutton. Otherwise, great question and great web site!

pookeyguru said...

Don Sutton was in 5 WS's?

Sooze said...

Yep, four with the Dodgers and one with the Brewers.

behindthemoat said...

Jeter's actually the stronger Yankees MVP candidate, fwiw.

Anonymous said...

you cannot be an mvp unless you take your team to the post season. exactly how valuable can a guy be if his team is watching tv in october. great season, batting title whatever other awards you can throw around, but not mvp

Anonymous said...

You make a good point, now make it against Jeter and see how well it turns out dimwit.

Bill said...

No individual player has ever "take[n his] team to the post season," ever. That's one of the silliest ways that could ever be devised to determine an award that's meant to recognize an individual player's accomplishment; you might as well just pick a letter out of a hat and give the award to a good player whose name starts with that letter.

And the Yanks would be headed for the postseason if you replaced either Tex or Jeter with a nobody, so I guess they're out of consideration too.

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