Tuesday, November 16, 2004
The A.L. MVP will be awarded later today. My choice is not one of the hometown heroes, but the man out who moved West last winter, Vlad Guerrero. I have refined my system for evaluating MVP candidates from stressing runs and R.B.I. to my own stat - Final Total Bases (FTB). Earning bases is the best means to evaluate a single player’s ability to assist his team in scoring runs.
The FTB is calculated as follows: Total Bases + Hit by Pitch – Grounded Into Double Plays + Stolen Bases – Caught Stealing + Bases on Balls. I calculated the FTB for all A.L. players with more than 70 walks or 300 Total Bases and their teams.
The top four were Vlad at 419, Big Papi with 418, Manny coming in at 417 and A-Hole at 404. But the top four as a percentage of their team were Vlad at 14.29%, Suzuki at 14.25% (it is so pompous of him and the Mariners to have his first name on his jersey), Tejada with 13.06% and A-Hole at 12.84%.
Since Vlad had the highest raw and percentage of his team’s FTB, he was the Most Valuable Player in the American League. Not one player is close enough in both standings to get into other secondary factors such as defense, leadership in the clubhouse, and a player’s salary as a percentage of the team’s budget. Vlad should be awarded the A.L. M.V.P.