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2008 SB Nation MVP Awards

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Every year the baseball bloggers here at SB Nation get together and vote on the major post-season awards, using the same format and distribution system as the BBWAA. This year, in addition to my vote, site moderator and contributor "NYRoyal" also voted in the American League contests.

So did any Royals receive any support?

First, as we've done all week, the irrelevant National League totals:

National League 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Albert Pujols 13 4 - - - - - - - - 218
Lance Berkman 1 2 3 4 1 1 4 - 1 - 113
Hanley Ramirez - 4 1 3 2 - 1 1 1 - 86
David Wright - 1 3 1 2 3 2 3 - 1 95
Chipper Jones - 1 3 3 1 5 - - - - 85
Ryan Howard 3 1 1 1 - - 1 - - 1 71
Chase Utley - 1 1 1 4 2 2 - 2 1 71
Ryan Braun - - 1 3 - 2 1 1 2 1 51
Carlos Beltran - - 3 - - - - 3 1 1 36
Manny Ramirez - 1 - 1 1 - 1 - - 1 27
Matt Holliday - - - - 1 2 - - 4 - 24
CC Sabathia - 2 - - - - 1 - - 1 23
Carlos Delgado - - - - 2 1 - 1 1 - 21
Aramis Ramirez - - - - 2 1 - - 1 2 19
Ryan Ludwick - - - - - - 1 3 2 2 17
Jose Reyes - - - - 1 - 2 1 - - 8
Brad Lidge - - - 1 - - - - - - 8
Carlos Lee - - - - - - 1 - 1 - 6
Pat Burrell - - - - - - - 1 - 1 4
Brian McCann - - - - - - - 1 - 1 4
Prince Fielder - - - - - - - 1 - 1 4
Stephen Drew - - - - - - - 1 - - 3
Geovany Soto - - - - - - - - - 2 2
Tim Lincecum - - - - - - - - 1 - 2
Brian Giles - - - - - - - - - 1 1

Congrats to Brian Giles and Pat Burrell on their mysterious down-ballot success. I'm amused by the continued support for Ryan Howard, though us bloggers aren't a bad as the pros in this regard. Awhile back there was a post on Beyond the Boxscore that basically Howard was the tenth most valuable player... on the Phillies.

 

Now for the AL results:

 

American League 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Dustin Pedroia 5 3 4 2 1 - - 2 - - 155
Joe Mauer 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 - - 109
Grady Sizemore 5 2 - - 1 1 - 1 2 - 106
Kevin Youkilis 2 - 2 3 1 4 - 1 2 - 98
Alex Rodriguez 2 1 4 - 4 - - - 1 1 96
Josh Hamilton 1 1 - 3 3 1 1 - 1 - 73
Justin Morneau 1 3 1 1 - 1 - - - 2 63
Carlos Quentin - - 2 2 - 2 2 2 2 - 58
Carlos Pena - 1 - - - 3 1 1 - - 31
Cliff Lee - 1 - - 2 - - 1 - - 24
Milton Bradley - - - 1 - - 1 2 2 2 23
Aubrey Huff - - - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 17
Roy Halladay - - 1 - - - - 1 1 - 13
Miguel Cabrera - - - - - - 2 1 - 1 12
Evan Longoria - - - - 1 - - - 1 2 10
B. J. Upton - 1 - - - - - - - - 9
Ian Kinsler - - - - - - 1 - 2 - 8
Francisco Rodriguez - - - - - - - 1 1 - 5
Alexei Ramirez - - - - - - 1 - - - 4
Brian Roberts - - - - - - 1 - - - 4
Vladimir Guerrero - - - - - - 1 - - - 4
Jim Thome - - - - - - 1 - - - 4
Nick Markakis - - - - - - - - - 2 2
Joe Nathan - - - - - - - - - 1 1
Jermaine Dye - - - - - - - - - 1 1

An acceptable result I suppose, though I have a hard time subjectively identifying the hemp-necklaced man as the MVP. I voted as follows: 1. Sizemore 2. Arod 3. Pedroia 4. Bradley 5. Huff 6. Youkillis 7. Hamilton 8. Kinsler 9. Quentin 10. Mauer. This is basically a straight statistical + positional adjustment + defensive considerations ballot, although, in retrospect, I probably had Mauer waaay too low. (And obviously, I'm a no-pitcher guy.)

One of the enjoyable things about this kind of process is that you get to discover guys that had randomly good seasons, like Aubrey Huff, who, perhaps inspired by the the Rays' Rise turned in the 12th highest VORP in baseball, hitting .304/.360/.552, albeit mostly as a DH.

Of course, not a single Royal, which is predictable but not fun. Longoria and Aviles were essentially equally valuable in reality, but that didn't translate here, even though we feted Mike fairly well on the ROY voting. Lastly, Curtis Granderson probably deserved a few votes. I'm looking at you, whoever voted for Joe Nathan.