Because it’s pretty apparent that the BBWAA doesn’t care. Why should I?
This post is gratuitous piling-on, no doubt, as the votes for NL Rookie of the Year received by Edinson Volquez have already become and will continue to be easy message board/blog fodder.
Seriously, though, why should anyone care about an award if three of the thirty-two voters can’t even correctly identify who is eligible for it? You trust people drawn from this same pool to fill out a ten-deep MVP ballot intelligently?
This is not a sabermetrician’s rant against the stupid old sportswriters looking at RBI and “chemistry” or win-loss record or what have you. This is much more elementary.
In the original Historical Baseball Abstract, Bill James compared and contrasted the voting system for MVP (and by extension Cy Young and ROY, since they are similar) and the Hall of Fame. Both are chosen by members of the same group (although the
I agree with James’ points in that article. However, any system, no matter how well-designed, is going to produce bad results if you have unqualified or unserious people as the voters. And it is clear that there are at least three people with a say in the matter who are one or both of the above. Even worse is the fact that the BBWAA apparently did not notice this when they tabulated the vote!
If you are getting a tone of outrage from this, then I have failed. I’m not outraged; I’m actually more amused and bemused. I like the Hot Stove fodder that the MVP and similar awards provide, and naming the best player, pitcher, and rookie in each league is a perfectly worthwhile activity. But each individual can have that discussion with their friends and internet associates, post their own ballot on a blog or message board, participate in a broad-based amalgamation like the IBA, and so on without caring what the BBWAA decides, except as a passing curiosity. And hey, at least the IBA restricts the ballot to eligible candidates.