November 18, 2008

Pujols wins MVP, and Phil Sheridan doesn't like it one bit

... writer Phil Sheridan blasts not only that Pujols won the MVP over Ryan Howard, but "single-handedly" rips to pieces the writers' association that voted him MVP.

Sheridan calls the actions of the association an "embarrassment" and contends that the association voting on MVP " ethically indefensible."

Furthermore, Sheridan charges it is impossible for the association to properly vote on whether a player should be considered for Hall of Fame status. (Sheridan is a member of this same organization, but says in so many words that his membership is okay, because he doesn't vote.)

Stats, admitted Sheridan, may well have proved Pujols an MVP winner, but argues that MVP is more about "valuable" than numbers. (Hey, whichever way puts your guy in the winner's circle.) Sheridan points out how valuable Howard was down the stretch.

Sheridan than does an about-face on stats, realizing Howard had bigger numbers in the best known categories of home runs and RBIs. Suddenly, stats mean more again.

As a last dig on the system that voted Pujols as MVP, Sheridan attacks the voting itself. And why not? It didn't elect his obvious choice. The actual casting is the easiest target, as when humans are electing, judging, you're always going to have some type of disparity. Sheridan resorts to negative innuendo for the beat writers of one time that failed to vote as he saw fit.

Sheridan claims in his story (found at the link below) that his problem is mostly with the writers' association and the way the system seems to work in the selection process. But I can't help but feel the story is more a veiled way of trying to discredit the MVP's having been award to Pujols while simultaneously handing the award over to Howard.

What I contend is more simple: that awards, by their very nature, usually produce a lot of hard feelings, more than good, anyway.
photo by Barbara Moore

Phil Sheridan: MVP voting is out of whack Philadelphia Inquirer 11/18/2008: "Pujols was not an embarrassing selection, not with his excellent numbers, but was still the wrong selection."