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Will the AL MVP tie one on?
2006-11-21 09:36
by Bob Timmermann

The announcement of the AL MVP will be at 2 pm ET, 11 am PT and Bronx Banter will have the news/celebration/recriminations.

But George King of the New York Post thinks that it will be a tie between Derek Jeter and Justin Morneau.

There was one tie before in 1979 in the NL between Keith Hernandez and Willie Stargell.

A tie should be relatively hard to pull off because of the balloting method. Each voter is required to rank 10 candidates. Points are awarded in this manner: 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. And with the possibility of three or four players receiving first places votes, everything would have to break just right to get a tie.

Personally, I believe any ties should be decided in the House of Representatives, or, alternatively, by the use of odds and evens.

The closest AL MVP race was in 1947 when Joe DiMaggio beat out Ted Williams by one point, but a different ranking system was used then. Under current voting rules, the closest race was in 1996 when Juan Gonzalez edged Alex Rodriguez by three points.

2006-11-21 09:53:15
1.   ToyCannon
2006-11-21 09:59:07
2.   Bob Timmermann
Ask these guys:
2006-11-21 10:06:28
3.   kylepetterson
Everyone knows that in the case of a tie, there is one, and only one way to decide who wins....and that is in the OCTAGON!
2006-11-21 10:19:07
4.   Bob Timmermann
Octagons are so last year.

Nonagons are the way to go.

2006-11-21 10:46:19
5.   Voxter
This would, of course, be a travesty. Yesterday's award was a mistake; this would be a miscarriage of justice.

MLB's post-season awards rank somewhere between the Grammys and the Blue Moon, Missouri Register's annual Player of the Year Awards, voted on every year by the students of Mrs Huber's fourth-grade social studies class at Harry Truman Elementary, which had gone to Mark McGwire every year since 1998 until last year, when Albert Pujols emerged the victor. I try to find them amusing.

2006-11-21 10:47:50
6.   Greg Brock
Leaving Williams off the ballot completely because you didn't like him...

And Plaschke wasn't even born yet!

2006-11-21 10:49:19
7.   Greg Brock
I know, it didn't cost Williams the MVP, but still...
2006-11-21 11:24:06
8.   kylepetterson
4 that and my googlephonic stereo.....
2006-11-21 11:25:08
9.   Greg Brock

Take that, Celzic!

2006-11-21 12:01:10
10.   Greg Brock
The 2006 AL MVP voting may take the cake for "Flat out most insane top-to-bottom voting in history."
2006-11-21 12:18:37
11.   grandcosmo
I wouldn't have Morneau in the Top 10.


Not to mention

2006-11-21 12:19:43
12.   rabid stan
OOOooo. RBI. Pretty.


2006-11-21 12:24:13
13.   rabid stan
Seriously, Morneau had a good season for a first baseman, but someone at that position would have to put up far better numbers to get into the MVP mix.
2006-11-21 12:36:13
14.   Uncle Miltie
That's what he gets for stealing those 3 gold gloves. I would have given it to Mauer or Santana.
2006-11-21 12:40:32
15.   Voxter
And the travesty has happened. They should just chose this award by throwing darts at a list of the top 35 guys in the league something like batting average. It would have roughly as much validity.

I wouldn't have had Morneau in my top 10. He's not even one of the six best players in his own division.

I have to remind myself that I don't care.

2006-11-21 13:20:13
16.   joejoejoe
So the most valuable player in the AL is the 3rd-best Twin? The stupid it burns!
2006-11-21 14:02:10
17.   dianagramr
Grady Sizemore finished (only) 11th ....

almost as big a blunder as Morneau winning it.

2006-11-21 14:35:12
18.   dzzrtRatt
The MVP voters pay more attention to the second half of the season (principle of recency). The impact of Morneau's numbers are greater than they look because he was mediocre the first eight weeks. There wouldn't be as much debate, I don't think, if the MVP was awarded based on performance after June 1. And as much as "every game counts," if your team is out of the race in June and then wins it in October, you have to look at why. Morneau was a lot of why.
2006-11-21 15:20:46
19.   underdog
I would have picked Travis Hafner over Morneau... in the battle for 4th in the voting!

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