Snubs. Grudges. Conspiracies. Incompetence.
All in a day's work for the writers who vote on Baseball's Most Valuable Player Award.
From its colorful and scandalous beginnings more than a century ago, the MVP has evolved into the most prestigious— and contentious— seasonal honor in all of professional sport. No other award means more to players, media, or fans; no other award can claim a voting history so rich in controversy; and no other award can tell us as much about the game and its times.
Baseball's Most Baffling MVP Ballots (McFarland & Co.) 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 attempts to answer these questions, right some wrongs, and unravel some threads — while looking at some very familiar faces in unfamiliar ways.
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