There’s been a lot of bellyaching about this year’s American League Cy Young vote, renewing the annual call by many for a change to the Baseball Writers Association of America’s voting process.
With all due respect to Kate Upton, it’s time for her and everybody else to pipe down.
For starters, the BBWAA votes on the Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards because they are the BBWAA’s awards. Who else would vote on them?
Second, the vast majority of BBWAA members charged with voting for an award put plenty of thought into their ballots. That Bill Chastain and Fred Goodall of the Tampa Bay chapter chose to leave Justin Verlander off their ballots might be peculiar to some, but that’s how votes work. It’s up to the voter to decide.
Some people voted for Donald Trump last week. Others voted for Hillary Clinton. Then there were those that voted for Gary Johnson. Heck, I have a friend that wrote in Tom Brady as his presidential vote. Some make more sense than others depending on who you are, but every person with a vote has the right to choose who they want.
Kate Upton gets grumpy – and crude – when her man Justin Verlander doesn’t win the Cy Young.
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For those that don’t understand how Verlander could get more first-place votes and not win the award, look no further than last week’s election. Clinton got more votes than Trump, yet Trump is our new President-elect. That’s how things work sometimes.
I spoke with Bill on Wednesday night and he was stunned to hear that his ballot helped contribute to a controversy. I saw many people on Twitter say he did it for the publicity, while others – including Ms. Upton – charged the two Tampa Bay writers with being paid off.
Give me a break.
Both Bill and Fred are two veteran writers who have been doing this for a long time. To charge them with anything other than disagreeing with you is simply unfair.
Justin Verlander falls short for Cy Young after two Tampa writers leave Tigers ace off the ballot.
Just because a vote doesn’t go the way you may want it to, it doesn’t mean it was fixed, crooked or dirty. Verlander was certainly a deserving candidate, but so was Porcello. So was Zach Britton, for that matter, yet despite getting more first-place votes than Corey Kluber, it was the Indians starter that finished in the top three, not the Orioles closer.
Besides, Porcello was listed first or second on 26 of 30 ballots, while Verlander was first or second on only 16. That means 14 voters felt Verlander wasn’t one of the top two pitchers in the AL this season, let alone the best.
Verlander received seven votes for either fourth- or fifth-place; had both Chastain and Goodall voted Verlander fourth or fifth, Verlander still finishes second. Who would Kate have yelled at then?
Unless the BBWAA goes to a statistic-based system (which would be an awful idea), then these “controversies” will continue annually.
Anything can happen when people go into the ballot booth, even Donald Trump as president.
Prior to 2010, the Cy Young ballot had only three spots. Based on the old system, Porcello would have won 96-81 despite earning fewer first-place votes and this wouldn’t be much of a debate.
Personally, I love that these debates get people as fired up as they do. It shows that people still care about the game, which is good for all of us.
Even Justin Verlander. Something tells me he’ll get past this.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News