This is from Golenbock’s Facebook page, which may explain all the horrific spelling errors. He does not actually have an MVP vote, but is representative of a large segment of the voting population. It is quite possibly the most perplexing ballot in the history of ballots. There is no unifying theory, and most importantly, no Derek Jeter:
My pick: Mark Tiexiera. After him, I had in order: Joe Mauer, Ichiro, Dustin Pedroia, Michel Cabrera, Carl Crawford, Kevin Youkelis, Aaron Hill, and Evan Longoria.
The quickest and easiest way to illustrate how ridiculous this ballot is is to use WAR, which encapsulates offense and defense. It is not perfect, but it is probably the best statistical measure to use to determine MVP.
The listed players have the following WAR’s, in this order:
5.1, 7.7, 4.8, 5.0, 5.2, 5.1, 5.0, 3.5, 6.8.
So his number 1 pick is statistically indistinguishable from players 4-7, player 9 should be 2nd, and player 2 should clearly be first.… Click here to read the rest