Like any avid baseball fan, the MLB Network has quickly become my favorite channel.
The channel provides the latest updates, shifts around the daily games and provides a variety of opinions from former players to GMs.
Still, as a New York Yankee fan I watch on high alert, aware of the lack of love the Bombers get all over. Some might call it paranoia, but fair is fair and the Yankees get a lot more attention for the bad than the good.
What I really can’t understand is why the MLB Network’s round table, made up of mainly ex-players and GMs, have been talking about the MVP race and not once has Yankee outfielder Curtis Granderson been mentioned as front-runner for the annual award.
Look, I already saw the Yankee captain robbed of the MVP back in 2009, and I would hate to see it happen again. As Granderson is getting the same brainwashing via the media, as he does not get the same hype, as some other players and it is all because of the uniform he wears.
The proof is in the stats (all courtesy of mlb.com; post all Sunday August 21, 2011 games):
Granderson has a .281 batting average, which is noticeably the lowest, but BA is not an accurate statistic because all it determines is how often a player gets a hit.
All hits are considered equal, walks are irrelevant and how powerful a hitter is does not factor into the batting average stat. I included it above because it is so often used due to the simple formula, which appeals to the generic fan…hits/at-bats. It is not an accurate measurement to judge any hitter, because a single is not the same as a triple or a home-run.
This is by no means saying that Granderson is the only eligible winner, because any of the four above undeniably qualifies to be on the AL MLP ballot.
What ticks me off is that the MLB Network doesn’t acknowledge Granderson, but has done short campaign pieces for the other three above.
As a Yankee fan, it certainly makes me feel bad that Granderson is getting slighted. No one can change around the stats, which don’t lie and are not prejudice.
If the MVP is all about stats, and stats are facts…. then it’s time that Granderson got some darn recognition for his. Problem is that in the last decade only once has the AL MVP posted a below .300 average; it was Alex Rodriguez in 2003 and his BA was .298.
In the Yankee 3-0 win vs. the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, Granderson’s in the park home-run just proves my point that this guy is doing it all in 2011; and it is about time MLB starts recognizing the right guy for it.
- You: MLB Power Rankings: Why the New York Yankees Curtis Granderson Will Be AL MVP (bleacherreport.com)
- MLB Round-Up: Examining New York Yankee Curtis Granderson’s MVP Candidacy (bleacherreport.com)
- MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees Need To Just Overpay (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Hartnett: Weighing Up MVP Credentials Of Yankees’ Slugger Curtis Granderson (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Granderson Hits Inside-The-Park Home Run (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Granderson, Nova Lead Yankees Past Twins (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Twins RHP Blackburn leaves start in 2nd inning (fanaticsportsandcards.com)