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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Fun with MVP voting

Near the end of an entertaining Q&A over at the Freakonomics blog, Buster Olney lobs a mini-bombshell while discussing award voting: Ah, a mystery! If Buster wanted to reveal the identity of the "star player" he would have done it already, and I'm not going to put him on the spot.

However, I will report that I was in Seattle in 1996, when Alex Rodriguez would have edged Juan Gonzalez for the MVP if both Seattle voters hadn't listed Ken Griffey, Jr. first on their ballots. Ever since, there have been rumors that Junior or Alex or both were clear to the writers about their favorite candidates. And I'm told by an unimpeachable source that Rodriguez, 13 years later, still holds a grudge against those two voters.

Delicious, right? Someday, when all the involved scribes have taken the Murray Chass career path, we'll know all. In the mean time, feel free to speculate in the comments.