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NBC SportsTalk: When can a pitcher win the MVP

Sep 15, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

One more of these because, hey, why not?  In this one I talk about when I think it’s appropriate to consider a pitcher for the MVP award:

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  1. purnellmeagrejr - Sep 15, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    I’ve never heard this topic raised before …nyuk, nyuk.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Sep 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Hmm… maybe it’s time to put the Ellbury, Bautista and Verlander on the Craig Machine and set it to MVP

  3. 1paulkemp1 - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    When they learn how to hit and can belt 30+ jacks a year……

    • monkeyjuice313 - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      So Verlander wins 24…..

      • monkeyjuice313 - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM

        Oops, was not supposed to be a reply. Tried to cancel.

  4. marshmallowsnake - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    In…the…playoffs… Otherwise, leave it to the Cy Young award.

  5. proudlycanadian - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Lets review this. Verlander can’t be the MVP because he only plays in 20% of the games and plays in a weak division. Granderson can’t be the MVP because of his September swoon and the fact that he does not lead any major categories. Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz and Gonzalez offset each other. Only Gonzalez leads the league in any major category (BA). Who can separate the contribution of each of them and determine that one of them is the most valuable player. Furthermore Boston’s September swoon indicates that none of them is the MVP. That leaves Bautista who is clearly the MVP on the Blue Jays. He is also leading the league in home runs, OBP, Slugging, OPS and walks. He is among the leaders in RBI’s even though he rarely gets anything decent to hit once there are runners on base.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      factor in he plays for a Canadian team and it’s a no brainer.

      • cur68 - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        purnell, you’ve hit the nail on the head. Igloo-based economies automatically get more votes just for scarcity. Its like WAR that way.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:49 AM

      Exactly, factoring in the exchange rate instantly adds about 3.5 games a year to his WAR.

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