Similar to yesterday, today’s post calls for another change that’s warranted and needed in Major League Baseball. Simply put, there should be an award given to the Player Of The Year in each league that is separated from the vote for Most Valuable Player award…..and here’s why.
Mike Trout (left) and Miguel Cabrera (right) both are having stellar years again. In Trout’s case hardly a day goes by when he isn’t being seriously being talked about as a MVP candidate…..as well he should be given the current rules and the traditional way MVP’s have been selected over the years.
But, how “valuable” can a player really be when his team doesn’t even manage to make the playoffs (as the case will be for the Angels and Tigers this year). In the case of the Tigers, they have been a truly awful and disappointing team whether he was in the lineup or not (out with injuries).
And that is why the MVP award belongs to either Jose Altuve (left) of the Houston Astros or Josh Donaldson(right) of the Toronto Blue Jays. Altuve’s current batting average of .306, 36 steals, along with a .796 OPS hardly compare to the gaudy numbers of a Mike Trout. Josh Donaldson’s most certainly do – but he is a late arrival on the team putting him more in the category of Player Of The Year…..so my vote goes to Altuve who is indisputably invaluable to the Astros as they continue to lead their Division.
It’s the same thing in the National League. Who is having a better year than Paul Goldschmidt (left)? He’s (currently) hitting .326 with 26 homers
96 RBI, 20 stolen bases, and a whopping 1.005 OPS. Meanwhile, there’s another player who plays on a team that is destined for the playoffs and has numbers like .305, 20, and 85 RBI. Not as sexy but again, where would the Pirates be without Andrew McCutchen…….. their team leader in so many ways. (my vote hands down)
It’s really a simple change that would augment fan interest during the Hot Stove Season while giving players an added incentive to keep playing at a high level……in spite of their team’s losing season (these awards talk very loud at contract time). And needles to say in case you are wondering…..yes one player could win both awards.