Monday, November 15, 2010
Heyward, Posey go missing
So anyway, Craig has some issues with the National League Rookie of the Year voting:
Check out the voting yourself: there are 32 voters. Each one gets to name three players on their ballot. Both Posey and Heyward were named on only 31 ballots. I don’t care if you have Posey first or Heyward first, but how do you not have one of them either first, second or third?Can this be explained by Gaby Sanchez’s two inexplicable first-place votes? Is there a Florida insurgency? Did Sanchez’s flying clothesline of Nyjer Morgan not only catapult him higher in the rankings than he deserves, but also knock out votes for Posey and Heyward?
Inquiring minds want to know ...
And if there's one there we're good at, out here in InterWebland, it's inquiring.
Rhetorically, I mean. We're probably not going to track down every possible voter and ask if they had a Rookie of the Year ballot and what they did with it. That would take away from our blogging time (and probably wouldn't work, anyway).
I'll say this: The two guys who left Heyward and Posey off their ballots entirely are not idiots. They might be idiots. But not necessarily. There are two other possibilities.
One, they might just be smarter than everyone else. It happens. We might look back at the 2010 season, in 20 or 50 or 100 years, with our super-fangled sabermetric-blended-with-scouting tools and say, "Gosh, after all these years it looks like Posey and/or Heyward really weren't among the three best rookies in the league."
What seems more likely is that these guys were trying to make a point. I can tell you that a lot of people who follow -- and, yes, cover professionally -- the Florida Marlins believed that Gaby Sanchez was neglected all season long.
You know what? They're right. Sanchez started 148 games at first base for the Marlins and drove in 85 runs. He wasn't great. His sub-800 OPS means he was barely good. But there's something to be said for a rookie who just goes out there every day and does his job, and unfortunately nobody outside of South Florida has been saying it about Sanchez.
My guess is that a couple of voters in South Florida got together and came up with a nifty little plan: We'll both vote for Sanchez, and we'll balance our ballots by each leaving off Posey or Heyward.
Or not. That explanation is probably too convenient. Inquiring minds left without answers will come up with some wild ideas. Those two voters owe us, though. If they're really so much more brilliant than the rest of us, they really should share their genius. It's just the right thing to do. For humanity.
If, on the other hand, they're using their ballots to make a point -- something that's happened many times in the past -- they shouldn't be given any more ballots. Because that's not what they're for.
Update: My explanation was wildly wrong! One of the voters was Yasushi Kikuchi, of the Kyodo News. He had Sanchez first, and left off Posey. Based purely on playing time, you can almost see it. The other voter was Dejan Kovacevic, who had Posey first, followed by two Pirates. It doesn't even matter which Pirates. Kovacevic does a fantastic job covering the Pirates for the Post-Gazette. But I think he went a little too far in actually voting for them. Unless -- again -- he's just that much smarter than everyone else. Which is absolutely possible.