Voting Michael Young for AL MVP and BARBIPosted: November 21, 2011
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)
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.Follow @stealofhome