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Jon Paul Morosi changes course yet again

Sep 15, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

I'm finally starting to get it: It's not about the peformance. It's about the story.

Jon Paul Morosi’s argument for CC Sabathia or David Price over Felix Hernandez for the Cy Young Award (that I tweaked yesterday) basically boiled down to the fact that Sabathia and Price are in a pennant race:

To be the best, one must do what Sabathia and Price have all
season — compete against the best lineups, in postseason-type
atmospheres, before crazed crowds at hitter-friendly ballparks. And win.

Based on his latest tweet, that doesn’t apply to the MVP award:

It’s becoming clear that Miguel Cabrera should win the AL MVP over Josh Hamilton.

Got that? Sometimes pennant races matter to Morosi. Sometimes they don’t matter. It changes literally daily now.

I guess If you’re looking for a thread of consistency in Morosi’s major awards choices — Greinke! Sabathia/Price! Cabrera! — the best I can do is to infer that Morosi, like so many writers, roots for good stories.  Greinke was a redemption story and a comeback story. Felix Hernandez doesn’t give you a ton of drama.  Sabathia and Price have that mano y mano playoff race thing going for them. Hamilton’s redemption story is old hat, but Cabrera is a year removed from that drunkenstein weekend during the White Sox series.

The
writers get on stat-oriented people for seeing everything through
numbers.  I think writers are far more interested in seeing everything
through dramatic narrative. It seems to me that’s what Morosi is doing here anyway.

  1. The Common Man - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative, Craig. Morosi just has a better imagination than you. Deal with it.

  2. Chipmaker - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    On the field, drama has little (no) value.
    .
    In the press, drama has immense value. It makes writing that daily story or column MUCH easier.
    .
    Therefore the writers (mis)place great value on drama, even though it counts for naught down on the field.
    .
    Next time (probably in November) the MVP voting seems incomprehensible, remember to factor in how much the voting writers luv that there drama.

  3. BC - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    This guy is out of his mind. If Hamilton doesn’t get the MVP it’s lunacy.

  4. Steve A - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Show your work.
    I must be missing how Hamilton is the CLEAR frontrunner.

  5. Trevor B - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    THIS JUST IN! Morosi doesn’t believe Usain Bolt is the fastest runner because Jamaica doesn’t ever contend for most metals at the Olympic games!

  6. JimmyY - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Writers are who we thought they were, writers. Why they are given responsibilities to vote on these awards is beyond me since they are surely not overly qualified. So they see a lot of games, so what, in this day and age anyone can if they buy the right package MLB offers, or subscribe via their cable system or satellite. The commissioner should review these qualifications, that’s what I’d like to see.

  7. DiamondDuq - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    So you think some stats geek who locks himself in his mother’s basement should pick the award winners? When someone can apply an statistical adjustment that accurately depicts the difference between pitching with a 5-run lead vs. in a tie game then maybe I’ll be willing to listen to you freaks. The fact of the matter is, which you wouldn’t know since you’ve probably never set foot on a baseball diamond past little league, high school at the latest, if at all, that the entire approach to pitching is different depending on the situation in the game. Sure, CC’s run support helps his pad his win column but it also depresses the rest of his statistics. He throws fewer innings because he’s afforded that luxury, he’s more worried about throwing strikes and having the ball put in play than necessarily making quality pitches when he has the cushion of a few runs, he’s more likely to “miss” over the plate, where consequently the ball is more likely to be hit, than off the corners with a large lead as opposed to a slim lead or in a tie game. It’s fairly easy to see this difference with relievers, particularly closers, who are next to unhittable in 1-run save situations but are sloppy and appear vulnerable when they’re just “getting some work in”. Well that distinction is even broader for starting pitchers as they throw far more innings at a time, having to be sharp and hold their focus for 2+ hours as opposed to 15 minutes for a reliever, it’s easy to “relax” with a big lead and “serve-up” hitters. That’s not to say they aren’t still competing but the adrenaline is a lot lower, the focus on and necessity of selecting the right pitch, location, sequence isn’t there, they’re more prone to mistakes. Predictably my argument will be disreguarded and ridiculed by the booger-eating basement dwellers but suffice it to say there’s more to the game than you allow yourselves to see because you haven’t fabricated a statistic for it yet and because of that you’re not fully capable of enjoying a beautiful game!

  8. JasonC23 - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    This is an awesome, over-the-top parody of a typical old-guard response to anything new. Well done!
    It IS a parody, right??

  9. Steve-O - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    It’s either parody, or it’s Morosi himself.

  10. Giant Space Ants - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Joe Sheehan pretty much debunked the “pitching to the lead” theory you seem to be expousing.
    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=1815
    Of course, that article has a bunch of numbers in it, so maybe you won’t like it.

  11. Snappy - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Classic Straw Man arguement. I like that part about it being much harder to pitch with a big lead.

  12. scatterbrian - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    “The writers get on stat-oriented people for seeing everything through numbers. I think writers are far more interested in seeing everything through dramatic narrative.”
    This is just about the most lucid statement I’ve read regarding the divide…

  13. Giant Space Ants - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Morosi and Rosenthal are both good baseball reporters, I give them that. Their baseball analyses, on the other hand, are severely lacking.

  14. Jonny5 - Sep 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Why writers get to pick is beyond me. There should be an award committee of knowledgable basball people who pick.

  15. bbeer - Sep 15, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    It’s becoming clear that Miguel Cabrera should win the AL MVP over Josh Hamilton.

  16. bbeer - Sep 15, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    It’s also becoming clear I can’t spell.

  17. Kevin S. - Sep 15, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Actually, Jamaica typically winds up in a many-way tie for first in metals, at three.

  18. Trevor B - Sep 16, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    How about the winter games Bahaha

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