Million Dollar Question – Does The ‘MVP Award’ Also Mean ‘The Best Player’??
This is an interesting question, and one that seems to come up a lot more often during MLB’s Awards week.
As the days led up to announcement of who won the AL and NL MVP Awards, I watched a lot of shows on MLB Network to get a little insight as to who the ‘experts’ thought would win the MVP.
And you know what, these voters are all using different rules. Some take the player that they feel is the best player in the sport while others take the guy that they feel helped contribute the most wins for their teams.
Where do you sit on this??
Let me give you my thoughts. Ultimately, I think that baseball should introduce another award called, ‘Offensive Player Of The Year’ (OPOTY). This would allow for the voters to vote for the best offensive player in the game while keeping the MVP Award in tact and a little more defined too. For the ‘OPOTY’, the numbers would mean a lot more – and a player like Paul Goldschmidt and Mike Trout might capture more votes as a result. The numbers do not have to do with translating to wins, simply pure offense. And then the MVP Award would become a more ‘true’ award that praised the ‘Most Valuable’ player – the guy that did the most to put his team in a position to win. This newly revised MVP Award would celebrate the player with the most plays that either saved runs from being scored while also helping put their team in a position to win games by driving in runs to give their teams the lead. I also think that this new thought of thinking would give the pitcher a much greater chance to win the award, which I think is fair. If a pitcher wins 18 games in a season due to his efforts, can an offensive player achieve more wins based on his performance on the field?
Think about this. In 1987, Andre Dawson won the NL MVP Award. He was the first player in major league history to win the award for a last place team. Since ’87, only one other player to follow suit – Alex Rodriguez when he was in Texas. In my newly defined awards, both players were greater candidates for the ‘OPOTY’ as their contributions on the field did not result in elevating their team.
Could a player win both awards? Certainly!! If would be even more special…
What do you think about this? How do you choose your ‘MVP’ when looking at the greatest talents in the game?
Time to debate!!!