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Ryan Howard wins NL MVP award
2006-11-20 11:01
by Bob Timmermann

So sayeth the ticker on ESPN News and here.

Howard is the fourth player to be named MVP in his second season, joining Stan Musial, Vida Blue, and Cal Ripken. Howard is the first Phillie to win the award since Mike Schmdit in 1986, won his third MVP.

Other Phillies to win the award are Jim Konstanty and Chuck Klein.

Howard received 20 first place votes and 12 second place votes for 388 points. Pujols received 12 firsts, 19 seconds, and one third for 347 points.

Full voting here.

10 points apiece for Garrett Atkins and Matt Holliday. Bad Altitude will be atwitter! Alfonso Soriano is apparently going to cash in his 6th place finish for a lot of money.

Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch isn't all that unhappy with the decision because Ryan Howard is a St. Louis guy. In the words of Tip O'Neill, "All MVP voting is local."

2006-11-20 11:16:29
1.   Rich Lederer
...and to think I had him fourth on my 'ballot.' There goes any chance I ever had of making that fraternity.
2006-11-20 11:17:34
2.   Bob Timmermann
You're not a legacy member of the BBWAA?
2006-11-20 11:19:25
3.   Shaun P
So much for the BBWAA getting the Awards votes right. Last year, Colon beat Santana because he had more wins. This year, Howard beats Pujols because he had more HR and more RBI.

Its frustrating, but I guess we already knew that.

2006-11-20 11:28:27
4.   regfairfield
Heck, I had him in eighth.
2006-11-20 11:32:26
5.   blue22
1/4 - What did your ballots look like then (assuming you're serious)?

A .340 eqa and 58 homeruns for a team in contention through the last week...

I can't see Howard being any less than 3rd, with Pujols and Beltran.

2006-11-20 11:38:20
6.   ToyCannon
Nomar got more votes then Rafy!!!

I'd have put it Beltran/Howard/Pujols just because I love a CF who can do it all. What is Hoffman doing in the top 10?

2006-11-20 11:39:08
7.   regfairfield


My full thought process is here, and admiteddly the results are different from the normal ballot because I was trying to quantify value.

At least in Howard's case, while he was about equivelant to Pujols offensively, he's terrible defensively, costing his team a win and a half according to rate2. This knocked him from first or second down to eighth.

2006-11-20 11:40:05
8.   das411
Yknow, the Phils did finish with more wins than the Cardinals...
2006-11-20 11:45:54
9.   blue22
7 - The defensive edge to Pujols, amongst the multiple rate advantages, certainly was the case between the two. However, Howard has the more "intangible" impact that the writers give so much weight too. Pujols missed some time, costing him valuable counting stats, and his team coasted to the finish, just barely squeezing in to the playoffs.

The Phils had waived the white flag on the season with the Abreu trade, but Ryan Howard was a man possessed with 23 homeruns in Aug and Sept.

Beltran was the best all around player all season, but the Mets didn't play a meaningful game in the 2nd half.

Howard wasn't the right choice, but not a bad choice.

2006-11-20 11:46:58
10.   Xeifrank
What's the official definition of "Most Valuable" that the voters are suppose to go by? Or is it completely up to each individual? Is it suppose to be "most valuable" to that players team? And only to a successful team? How much are the voters suppose to take defense into account, or what position the player plays? Anything in writing or is the award voting just a Plaschkecracy? vr, Xei
2006-11-20 12:01:21
11.   Rich Lederer

1. Albert Pujols, 1B, STL
2. Carlos Beltran, CF, NYM
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B, FLA
4. Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
5. Lance Berkman, 1B, HOU
6. Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
7. David Wright, 3B, NYM
8. Jose Reyes, SS, NYM
9. Rafael Furcal, SS, LA
10. Mike Cameron, CF, SD

Pujols had better AVG/OBP/SLG than Howard. They both play first base - Pujols like a Gold Glove winner; Howard like a DH. Albert hit RHP and LHP. Albert hit at home and away. He led the league in OPS (1102). In short, Pujols was the best player in the league.

2006-11-20 12:17:14
12.   Cliff Corcoran
Amen, Rich.
2006-11-20 13:12:13
13.   Uncle Miltie
Albert hit RHP and LHP.
Don't see how this matters, though Howard did well against left handed pitching.
Albert hit at home and away.
So did Howard. He was actually a bit better on the road.

I would have voted for Beltran because he plays great defense at demanding position and he put up outstanding numbers offensively.

2006-11-20 13:12:21
14.   Kayaker7
Yeah, but he was mean to Tom Glavine.
2006-11-20 13:25:09
15.   Bob Timmermann
St. Louis reaction up top.
2006-11-20 15:03:52
16.   Voxter

That's pretty much all I have to say about this. I long ago gave up caring about MVP votes.

2006-11-20 16:06:40
17.   bhsportsguy
Noting beats hitting the long ball in September. Beltran's problem was that he was on a team that everyone said was going to win from July.

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