You don’t have to have some set of hard and fast rules about how you feel about awards if you don’t want to. Feel free to go with your gut each year. Feel free to just vote for your favorite player all you want. Or not. I don’t care. And if you think Miguel Cabrera is the MVP this year I won’t quibble at all. Wonderful choice and I won’t squawk a bit if he wins the award.
But if you claim to have rules for such things, don’t change them every couple of years and claim you’re consistent.
Here’s Jon Paul Morosi a few minutes ago:
Jon Morosi ✔ @jonmorosi
I believe players are most valuable to their teams when they help those teams win division titles and make the playoffs.
1:56 PM – 16 Sep 2013
In 2010, of course, the Tigers finished 81-81 and were out of the playoff picture while Hamilton’s Rangers won the AL West with a huge assist from Josh Hamilton. I guess that whole thing about “helping their teams win division titles and make the playoffs” criteria for the MVP award only matters when it helps Miguel Cabrera and doesn’t matter when it hurts him.
Source: Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports