LADY AT THE BAT: LATB Poll: Should Pitchers be INELIGIBLE To Win The MVP Award?

Monday, September 5, 2011

LATB Poll: Should Pitchers be INELIGIBLE To Win The MVP Award?

Happy Labor Day everyone! Now that we have come to the unofficial end of Summer, the end of baseball's regular season is in sight. It won't be too long before the playoffs and, after that, the postseason awards.

With the season Detroit's Justin Verlander is having he is an absolute lock for the American League Cy Young Award. In fact, he has pitched so well this year that there is talk of him being considered for the league's MVP award. I can't watch a sports show on TV or listen to one on the radio without seeing or hearing baseball "analysts" debate this issue.

People on both sides of the debate make sense. Those against it say pitchers have their own award and they are not everyday players. Those for it argue that the Tigers are well over .500 in games Verlander pitches and only around .500 when he does not pitch. They also point out that there is nothing in the BBWAA by-laws that says pitchers are not eligible for the award.

What do you think? The latest LATB Poll asks the question: Should pitchers be INELIGIBLE to win the MVP award?  The poll is up on the top of the blog's left sidebar. You have until Sunday night, September 11th to cast your vote, but don't wait. Vote now and let your voice be heard. Also feel free to leave your comments about this debate below. Just click on "Cheers and Jeers" to get started.

UPDATE, 9/12/11: The voting period for the poll has been extended. You now have until Sunday night, September 18th to cast your vote. So, what are you waiting for?  Express your opinion now!


Section 36 said...

Hitters have their own award too. The Hank Aaron Award was created specifically to be the hitters version of the Cy Young Award. Plus, a pitcher who pitches 200 innings affects more than 600 at-bats. Most hitters don't reach those numbes. So, really, a pitcher pitching every fifth day affects a game more than a hitter playing every day. Of course they should be eligible.

Bernadette Pasley said...

Good points, Section 36. I guess I'm just so gung ho about Curtis Granderson winning the MVP that it's hard for me to accept the fact that Verlander deserves consideration.

Section 36 said...

Or Bautista.