Finishing off this week of SB Nation awards, here are the result of the MVP balloting for both leagues. In case you need reminding, two members from each baseball site were invited to submit their ballots. For us, that meant kishi and Dan, and for MVP, that was ten players, with points allocated as 14 for first, with nine through one for second through tenth. I'm sure you're all seething with anticipation to discover who the winners are, so without any further ado, the envelopes please...
Kishi: Kemp, Upton, Braun, Votto, Fielder, Reyes, Victorino, Pujols, Tulowitzki, Roberts. The bizarre part of looking at post-season awards is trying to decide to balance out the team's influence versus the player's. In the end, I edged towards the player in both categories here- while the Dodgers were pretty uninspiring, Kershaw and Kemp both put up incredible seasons, and deserved to be rewarded for it in my mind. I thought J-Up's season deserved some praise, too. To be honest, filling out the ballot this deep was a little difficult after a while- but I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only person who gave Ryan Roberts a nod- I'm curious who the other vote came from, though.
Dan: Kemp, Braun, Votto, Tulowitzki, Upton, Reyes, McCutchen, Victorino, Fielder, Berkman. Any way you slice it, Kemp is the obvious winner here. Sorry, thousands of Brewer fans at Miller Park for the NLDS games I attended. Kemp was third in all of baseball in wRC+ with his 171 mark, a mark that trailed just Adrian Gonzalez, and Albert Pujols in wRC+. Depressing as it is to say about someone who plays for the team that is perhaps the D-backs' biggest rival, but Matt Kemp is a star, and he was a pretty easy choice for MVP this year., Ryan Braun, and . Kemp is a freaking center fielder. I highly doubt he keeps up that prolific hitting mark over the next few years, but the only people you trail for an all-encompassing offensive statistic lead are a right fielder, a left fielder, and a first baseman, you're doing something right. Not to mention that Kemp was ahead of power-hitting first base stars like Prince Fielder, Joey Votto,
Jim: I agree with kishi that the bottom end of the MVP award is more a chore than pleasure - trying to separate the eighth, ninth and 10th most valuable players in the league is an exercise in hair-splitting. I'd likely have gone for Braun ahead of Kemp, as a player's "value" is, to me, inextricably linked to the success or otherwise of his team - though your mileage is very welcome to vary in that. Generally, I wouldn't even be looking for an MVP candidate on an 82-win team, but Kemp's performance was the best on a mediocre franchise for some time. Beyond that: Upton, Votto, Fielder, Reyes with inaudible mumbling rounding out the list.
Since they've announced their ballots on their sites, I don't feel too I'm breaching a confidence by mentioning that Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue and John Sickels of Minor League Ball were the two who failed to vote at all for Justin Upton. Though they did find room on their ballots forand Mike Stanton respectively. Go figure. Pleased to see RyRo getting some love, and not purely from us. Here are the American League results; a nice spread with five different players getting first-place votes.