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01-25-2013, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Pwnasaurus View Post
Once the Cy Young Award was introduced you saw more of a movement towards that more and more being the pitcher's MVP so to speak. Some writers are very much against pitchers winning MVP awards.
True enough. And it's something that I've never personally understood: the hitter's have their own MVP by that definition in the Hank Aaron Award.

The MVP should be a culmination of players from different positions and chosen on the basis of its own definition: the player judged to have been the most valuable to their team. That distinction should apply to a player whether they are a centre-fielder or a starting pitcher or, in the few times it has happened in history, a relief pitcher.

Quite frankly, Pedro losing out on the MVP by a hair in 1999 to Pudge despite having received more first place votes still ranks as one of the most egregiously misplaced award selections in my lifetime. It was arguably, along with Pedro's season the next year, the best season by a pitcher in modern history.

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