Voting Michael Young for AL MVP and BARBI

As you may well know, Evan Grant voted Michael Young 1st for the AL MVP this year. He has yet to post an official reason on his blog, but he did state this on Twitter: “Embarrassing to vote a guy who hit .338, [had] 106 RBIs, played three different infield positions and had at least 100 At-bats in 3 key lineup spots MVP?”

Well, if you know my thoughts on baseball at all, you can probably guess that I disagree with Mr. Grant. Batting average literally means nothing to me. In fact, I dislike any statistic that uses the at-bat, but that’s another topic altogether. In 49% of Young’s plate appearances this season, the Rangers had a man on base. In 33% of his PAs, there was a man in scoring position. He was going to get a lot of RBIs. This past season, he was a DH in 44% of his PAs. Another 46% were while he was in the lineup as a first or third baseman. While his versatility does increase his value, it was a bit overstated in the case. As for the final point, I believe Grant is attempting to say that Young is versatile enough at the plate to be a traditional three, four or five hitter. I say a good hitter is a good hitter no matter where they are in the lineup.

Anyway, it doesn’t matter. This was simply one vote in one season that will be forgotten easily. So instead of continuing a discussion about this particular vote, I have decided to create a framework by which all future MVP voting should follow. I call it the BARBI system and I would be remiss if I did not thank Jim Bowden for his inspiration.


BARBI = (Batting average*1000+RBI)*(1+Positions Played/10)

Top Ten:

Basically flawless, with the notable exception that pitchers aren’t included. You’re welcome. In case you were wondering, of the players in the top-10 of the BBWAA MVP voting who are not on that list: Granderson ranks 25th in BARBI, Cano is 11th, Pedroia is 19th and Longoria is 43rd. Nick Markakis comes in 21st.


15 Comments on “Voting Michael Young for AL MVP and BARBI”

  1. […] Player in the American League. Then again, maybe I’m the one in the wrong. After all, Young’s BARBI is off the charts. Tweet No Comments Previous post Justin Verlander Is Your […]

  2. Greg V says:

    That is the dumbest statistic ever created. Thank God no one is ever going to catch wind of this. In an effort to establish yourself as unique and a trend setter, you have actually made yourself look more stupid. So let me get this straight, if an average player were to play 5 different positions, we reward him with MVP votes? Michael Cuddyer was 5th on your MVP ballot. Wait, let me repeat that. Michael Cuddyer was 5th, FIFTH, FIF, 5, FIVE, on your MVP ballot. How can your formula have any credibility when you look at that one aspect of your ballot.

    “At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

  3. Greg V says:

    Holy shit, I apologize for that then.. I was going to ask if it was a joke.. sorry, first time on the site and apparently I got lost in the context. Sorry about that! In that case.. that’s hilarious and Evan Grant is the biggest joke in the country. He has set baseball writers back 100 years.

  4. Greg V says:

    Thank you sir!

  5. Greg V says:

    Nice site by the way.. after I read your reply I checked around. Good content. Very sharp and neat. I dig it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    well played sir

    any hopes of NL Barbi ratings?

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  9. julius says:

    I love the BARBI stat, but I think we might need to create a clutch BARBI stat as well, by adding 10 points for every day in which a player is followed around like a puppy-dog during July, August and September. We can call it fBARBI.

    • julius says:

      While we’re at it, to really cement Michael Young as the MVP (of the universe?) let’s add all of Mike Napoli’s offensive stats to Michael Young’s, as well as Ian Kinsler’s defensive WAR and UZR numbers.

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