Monday, November 17, 2008

Meet the Man Who Voted Pujols Seventh

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is the guy who voted Pujols seventh. His reasoning:

With the Cardinals finishing fourth, I voted Pujols seventh on my ballot. I don't consider MVP to be "the most outstanding player" award and therefore don't just go by who had the best stats. I like to credit players for lifting their teams to the post-season or at least keeping them in the race until the very end.

I understand that the Cardinals would not have been even close to the wild-card berth without Pujols, but I still like players who elevate their game in crunch time and lift their teams to new heights. And I thought Ryan Ludwick had just as much to do with keeping the Cards in the hunt as Pujols did. St. Louis did stay in the wild card race until mid-September, but mainly because the Brewers and Mets were gagging at the time.
So, Pujols had the best offensive season since Barry Bonds in 2004, but since his team fell out of the race with two weeks to go in the season, he didn't "keep his team in the race until the very end."

OK, Tom. Whatever works for you.

(thanks to reader Lar for the link)

15 comments:

Jason @ IIATMS said...

I hate these voters.

bigcatasroma said...

Speechless. I am literally without speech.

Eric said...

it still drives me nuts that we, as readers, go nuts but this guy will go to sleep tonight and went to sleep the day he filled out the ballot probably not even thinking twice about it.

for all the talk that people have about "respecting the game" blah blah blah this type of shit seems to blatant disrespect.

bigcatasroma said...

The best are the comments below it. My mouth fell further agape.

The reason the MSM media exists is that they still have a strong following that agree with them on everything . . .

Sara K said...

Yeah, sure, Pujols can hit, but the guy can't pitch to save his ass!

Max said...

"St. Louis did stay in the wild card race until mid-September, but mainly because the Brewers and Mets were gagging at the time."

How does he think Philadelphia got into the playoffs?

Diesel said...

Really, though, he's got a point with Ludwick.

Which is why he didn't vote Howard first, because of the Utley factor.

Oh.

joshjs said...

I'm a Milwaukeean. I'd would be shamed by this, but it really comes as no surprise. None of our local sports writers are worth a damn.

Thank gods for the internet.

ssladmin said...

No, Pujols didn't "keep his team in the race until the very end." They were only there because the Brewers and Mets were gagging.....which makes me wonder how many of these gagging Brewers and Mets Tom voted for ahead of that no-good, opportunistic Pujols.

Daniel said...

Let's see what FJM has to say about this!

Oh wait. Damn.

RIP FJM.

Josh said...

Do we know who left Howard off?

Mr. Thursday said...

Yet another BBWAA voter shows an utter lack of understanding as to what makes baseball teams win.

Richard Dansky said...

So what are the odds he tried to do a write-in vote for David Eckstein?

Mike said...

I'm of the thought process that making the playoffs has something to do with the MVP, but only as a tie breaker of sorts. How can you find 7 better candidates then Pujols? Can you lose your vote for something like this?

Grant said...

What a joke. Again.

and daniel: right on. We need the watchdogs back, dammit!