Picking on the AL MVP Pollsters
If you thought college football pollsters demonstrated homer-ism (yes I enjoy making up new words), the MVP voters took it to another level. Below I'm going to spotlight the most prime examples of bias with the most egregious at the top.
Joe Cowley - Chicago Sun Times
10. Pierzynski <<< WHAT?
Wow. Talk about your all time anti-East Coast bias. 4 AL Central players before Jeter and Ortiz. This guy's a complete joke. Open your eyes Joe, watch a little baseball outside of your Sox. Grade: F
Bob Klapisch - New York Bergen Record
There is no other way to explain this vote other than dislike for the Boston Red Sox. Do people forget the only reason the Sox even remained in the hunt was a result of Papi's bat.
Jim Ingraham - Cleveland News Herald
I'd like to consider myself open minded, but I'm not listening to any debate that argues Sizemore was more valuable than Mauer.
Susan Slusser - San Francisco Chronicle
Did I miss something this season? Frank Thomas?
John Hickey - Seattle Post Intelligencer
5. A Rod
I'm guessing Alex bought John quite a few drinks during his time out there.
Lastly, Mel Antonen - USA Today completely left Johan Santana off his ballot. I can acknowledge adhering to the unwritten rule a pitcher can't win the award. However, you cannot consider yourself a baseball expert if you fail to identify the Cy Young winner as one of the 10 most valuable players. Thank you Even Grant - Dallas Morning News for acknowledging Johan Santana as the AL MVP.
Check out the other ballots. Any other you have an issue with? Let me know in the comments.