- It's the stretch drive for baseball's major awards, and we've got a little intrigue to keep things interesting. The AL MVP, Cy Young, and ROY races are anybody's guess (and plenty of people are guessing). Things are a little less murky in the NL, with Chicago's Kris Bryant and LA's Corey Seager mortal locks for MVP and ROY, respectively. The NL Cy Young "field" has been culled recently, leaving Max Scherzer, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester in a mad dash for the award over the season's final two weeks.
- The highest compliment we can give Jayson Stark's oral history of Vin Scully is that it's a piece worthy of its subject.
- Speaking of the MVP (shameless plug in 3… 2… 1): From its colorful and scandalous beginnings more than a century ago, baseball's annual Most Valuable Player Award has become the most prestigious (and contentious) individual honor in the sport. No accolade means more to players, fans or the media – and no other award can claim a voting history so rich in alleged snubs, grudges, conspiracies and incompetence.
Baseball's Most Baffling MVP Ballots (available now!) 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?
Baseball's Most Baffling MVP Ballots (available now!) will attempt to answer these questions, right some wrongs, unravel some threads, and look at some very familiar faces in unfamiliar ways. This book (available now!) won’t settle every argument about the most infuriating of major sports awards, but it will have fun in trying. (Shameless plug concluded. Well, for now, anyway).
- Five Thirty Eight makes a case for the Reds' pitching staff… as the worst of all-time. The 90s Braves, they're not.
- Bryce Harper, a 10-WAR player in 2015, will log perhaps the worst single-season decline in baseball history. The Nationals insist he's not hurt – but how else to explain such a shocking regression?