What better way to commemorate this auspicious and completely not-manufactured-by-some-trade-association national observance than with a shameless and self-serving plug... for a book?
And if you're a baseball fan, it's a book you might like.
From its colorful and scandalous beginnings more than a century ago, baseball’s annual Most Valuable Player Award has evolved into the most prestigious -- and contentious -- individual honor in the sport. No award means more to the players, the media, or the fans -- and as any observer of the game can attest, no other award can claim a voting history so rich in snubs, grudges, conspiracies, and incompetence.
Baseball's Most Baffling MVP Ballots looks at the past, present and future of the MVP Award through the most controversial ballots of all time. Which of the so-called “worst MVPs” can hold up to contemporary statistical analysis? Who cast the single worst vote in MVP history? Does racial bias influence the MVP vote? Who really deserved the award in a given year?
As the author, I can promise you that Baseball's Most Baffling MVP Ballots will attempt to answer these questions, right some wrongs, unravel some threads, and look at some very familiar faces in unfamiliar ways. This book won’t settle every argument about the most infuriating of major sports awards, but it will have fun in trying. You can pre-order the paperback now; the eBook will be available next month.
Plate Coverage will have much more on the MVP award in the coming weeks -- stay tuned.