Well folks, that’s it. Another MLB season in the bag and this year was a doozy. The MLB has announced their MVPs and a hearty congratulations to Jose Altuve and Giancarlo “Don’t call me Mike” Stanton. Both brilliant, exciting players.
Altuve won surprisingly easily in balloting done by the Baseball Writers Association of America, while Stanton finished atop the fourth-closest voting in history. Altuve collected 27 of 30 first-place votes and finished far in front of Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, 405 points to 279. Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez was third with 237. Stanton edged Reds first baseman Joey Votto, 302-300. D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was third with 239 votes. – MLB.com
Here’s how the baseball Gods decide the best.
The rules of the voting remain the same as they were written on the first ballot in 1931:
1. Actual value of a player to his team, that is, strength of offense and defense.
2. Number of games played.
3. General character, disposition, loyalty and effort.
4. Former winners are eligible.
5. Members of the committee may vote for more than one member of a team.
This was a big one for Altuve, who hits, runs and all of a sudden crushes jacks. He followed up an incredible regular season with a monster playoffs and World Series crown. Altuve led the league in hits, Avg, not to mention his great speed and career high in home runs. He edged out Judge in WAR, 8.3 to 8.1. Altuve has taken his 3’11 frame and become the best pure hitter since Ichiro. He’s young and hits in a crazy good lineup. Jose will be making pitchers look silly for years to come.
Let’s talk about the future face of baseball for a second. That honor goes to Aaron Judge, the most exciting story in baseball in a year of fucking exhilarating moments. After destroying my fantasy team in 2016 with 40,000 strikeouts, he came into 2017 guns blazing. Rookie record 52 home runs, smooth fielding, cannon arm and most importantly a fun and engaging personality who loves the game. (Sidenote – He’s still a Yankee Scumbag, GO JAYS.)
Guys all class!
Moving to the NL, we had a great story in Stanton winning a close race followed by Joey Votto.
Mike Giancarlo, got the nod due to his gaudy home run totals. 59 home runs is an otherworldly number. He was finally able to stay healthy and he mashed day in and day out. Stanton is in his prime and that is scary. He finds himself in a unique situation as he could be one of the first MVPs to ever get traded. Please God, not to the Yankees or Blowsox.
Let’s talk about racism for a second friends. It is a sad day when the greatest, smartest hitter in all of baseball, Joey Votto, is overlooked once again because he’s Canadian. It’s 2017, when will the world accept us? I’M A NORTHMAN AND I’M PROUD. Anyways, the man never pops up, that’s a fact. Check out this piece our talented blogger/bitter human being, Manpower wrote the other day about it.
That mystery player is Mike Trout, the best player on the planet. Sadly, he was hurt, and otherwise ignored by media and fans alike. People need to care about Trout, he may very well end up the GOAT and no ones watching! Honestly, it’s his to lose from here on out.
Sadly, this marks the end of baseball for the year. But, what a year it’s been. The Blue Birds were hell to watch, but the league, man, just amazing. BRING ON THE WINTER MEETINGS!