Monday, November 17, 2008

Manny Ramirez Not Even As Valuable As Slightly Bug-Eyed Guy From Milwaukee

All this talk about how wonderful Manny Ramirez is, and then the 2008 NL MVP results are released and Ramirez' fourth-place finish isn't even strong enough to outvote beanstalk Ryan Braun:

NEW YORK (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols won his second NL MVP award, powering past Philadelphia star Ryan Howard by a comfortable margin Monday. [...]

Los Angeles outfielder Manny Ramirez and Milwaukee pitcher C.C. Sabathia also drew strong support after being traded by AL teams in July.

Pujols got 18 of the 32 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America and had 369 points. The first baseman added to the MVP award he won in 2005. [...]

Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun was third with 139 points, with Ramirez fourth at 138. Houston's Lance Berkman was fifth and Sabathia sixth.

The article does go on to say that Manny pocketed an extra $75K for his fourth-place finish, while Braun pocketed $50K for a better finish in the votes.


Bush said...

What most people forget is that there is a rule in Major League Baseball that if a player is traded from one league to the other all of his stats do not get carried over. As a result Ramirez while doing an outstanding job for the Los Angeles Dodgers in his 10 week span, was really not in the running for MVP because all of his season's stats didn't count, according to all the baseball writters who are the people who vote on these awards.

The true measure of an MVP is the one person that was the most outstanding member and achieved a level of performance that helped his team the most and that person was Manny Ramirez but as I just stated the baseball writters didn't see it that way.

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