We’ve had enough Matsuzaka talk here for Sox fans to forgive a testy YF one last comment on this year’s AL MVP award voting. This is something that’s been touched on previously here, but it seems an important point, and worthy of its own post. For Yankee fans like me, it’s obviously disappointing that Derek Jeter did not win this award. His case, purely by the numbers, was as deserving as any—probably more deserving than any. That said, we would merely have been disapponted, and not upset, had the award gone to Joe Mauer or David Ortiz. Reasonable arguments can be made for either of these players. But reasonable argument can really not be made for Justin Morneau. And the frustration here is not so much that the wrong person has been given an award, but that the baseball community (or at least the community of entrenched writers who vote) refuses to accept the objective tools of analysis that have been the product of the game’s Jamesian revolution. We don’t all need to be hard-core sabermetricians. There are aspects of sabermetrics that are, of course, debatable. But that’s the way any putatively scientific investigation works. For example, educated citizens need to accept the fundamental principles of evolutionary theory, even as the latest biological research coming out of academia is put to the test. The GMs who have followed in Billy Beane’s footsteps (nevermind the Branch Rickeys and Gene Michaels of history) understand this process, and are remaking the game with their knowledge. Writers are obligated to understand what’s happening. A vote for Justin Morneau is an indication of ignorance, and this, rather than the snub of one player or another, is why it is so offensive. On that, we should all, Yanks and Sox fans alike, be able to agree.
Okay. I’m done on this subject. We can now return to our regularly scheduled programming.