I typically try not to get too perturbed about writer’s personal opinions, but Jon Heyman got some folks all hot and bothered again over the American League MVP voting.
With about a month and a half left to play in the season, it’s a topic that’s going to become much more prevalent over the coming weeks. Like others, I just can’t believe that Jose Bautista isn’t even in the conversation for MVP when it comes to certain voters.
In this humble blogger’s opinion, there may not be anybody better on the New York Yankees roster right now than Curtis Granderson, but there is no chance he is the head and shoulders best player in the American League. There are three other guys who would like to argue otherwise.
Then again, that’s the great thing about democracy; everyone’s allowed to have their own opinion. For whatever reason, Jon Heyman believes Curtis Granderson is most deserving of the MVP. Others might say Dustin Pedroia or Jacoby Ellsbury, most folks around these parts would say Jose Bautista.
That’s why it’s so difficult to get mad at Jon Heyman because that’s his own opinion. And it wasn’t really all that surprising either when Boston writers overlooked Jose Bautista entirely in a piece gushing about Jacoby Ellsbury.
Aside from playing in the big lights in New York and subsequently under the biggest microscope in baseball, the thing Curtis Granderson has going for him is momentum. Jose Bautista has had hot streaks and cold streaks all season long, yet Granderson has maintained a fairly consistent pace.
It’s unfortunate that x factors like this are taken into consideration to determine a winner a la Deadliest Warrior, but it’s a part of the voting process. If a writer wants to weight part of their vote on whether or not that team makes the playoffs, so be it.
Bar none, the best player in the league should win the award. We all know it shouldn’t matter if he comes from a first place team or a last place team, but it’s a reality that exists amongst BBWAA voters.
I have a feeling this is an argument we’ll beat to death collectively within the Blue Jays blogosphere, but all we can really do is state our case and hope that the voters make the correct decision when it comes time to cast their ballot.
Fortunately, they made the correct decision when it came to voting for the the past two American League Cy Young winners in Felix Hernandez and Zack Greinke, as well as a the 2009 AL MVP Joe Mauer.
Sure, there are still your old school guys like Jon Heyman who are going to vote the way they’re going to vote regardless, and yet it seems a younger generation is helping buck that trend. Things like pitcher wins and RBI’s do not carry the weight they used to.
If Jose Bautista even just maintains the numbers that he is currently putting up, then I’d say he should win the American League MVP award. He may not come with the glitz or glamour of a Curtis Granderson or Dustin Pedroia, but winning an MVP just might propel Jose Bautista into that stratosphere.