Not So Deep Thoughts

Just saw that the AL and NL Rookies of the Year were announced and no big surprises in the AL with Evan Longoria being the unanimous selection. But I can’t help but think Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto got hosed in the NL voting. Cubs catcher Geovanny Soto won the award after hitting .285 with 23 homers and 86 RBIs. Votto on the other hand, hit .297 with 24 HRs and 84 RBIs. Not a big surprise that Soto came out on top but the way he won it might surprise you. Soto received all but one (31) of the first-place votes while Votto managed just one first-place vote (the Reds beat writer no doubt) and 21 second-place votes.

I was under the impression that these type of individual awards are, and should be, based on what the individual player accomplished that particular season. But upon further review, it sure looks like this is yet another award (e.g. MVP) that is now being voted on based on the performance of the team the player resides on. For example, Soto’s Cubs finished 23 games above .500 and ran away with the NL Central. Votto’s Reds on the other hand, finished 14 games under .500 and never contended. While the argument can be made that Soto did have a better season than Votto, convincing me that he had a season that was 30 first-place votes better than Votto’s isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

And what’s up with the fact that it took nearly three weeks to provide us with the results of the voting for ROY anyway? With an outcome like Soto’s landslide victory, you would think the writers who voted were pressed to make their pick during the 7th Inning Stretch of Game 5.

I was clicking around some websites when I came across this gem: ESPN’s shuffle-to-shuffle coverage of this year’s World Series of Poker, or as the cool kids call it, the WSOP. The coverage includes a live blog of the final nine players’ every move at the final table. Thank God, because I was wondering who was going to walk away with the bracelet and I couldn’t be expected to wait until tonight to watch the exciting action on TV, I needed to know immediately. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing poker just as much as the next guy, but when I’m searching ESPN.com for the latest in the world sports, I expect to see, well, sports news. Next thing you know, ESPN will be featuring a live blog from the WSOS, or as the cool kids call it, the World Series of Solitaire. C’mon ESPN, you’re better than that.  

One thought on “Not So Deep Thoughts

  1. Kos on said:

    I feel you also have to look at the impact that the player has on his team (many may argue this point). Soto caught a veteran pitching staff as well as a no hitter in his 141 games this season. Soto was also the NL starting catcher in the All Star game this year. I do not want to take anything away from Votto because I feel he is a fine player, but lets get serious buddy.

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