Friday, September 23, 2016

Checking My Preseason 2016 MVP Award Predictions

Here we go ladies and gentleman, the big one. The award we’ve all been waiting for and the prediction we’ve all been waiting to laugh at and mock for the rest of the weekend. The American League and National League MVP Awards. While we have a couple months before the actual awards are handed out I took a stab at predicting the award winner back at the end of Spring Training this year. How far off was I? Here is the original post from earlier this year.

In the American League there isn’t many times I go against the safe pick in the Angels Mike Trout but you know what, I’m feeling it today. I’m feeling either incredibly foolish or incredibly lucky today so I will not pick Trout even though he’s as likely a candidate as anyone to win the award year in and year out and instead I will move to Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. Abreu has had little in the way of true protection in his years in the Major Leagues but with Todd Frazier hitting somewhere in the lineup around him or behind him I can see a lot more fastballs and a lot more home runs and RBI this season for the Cuban-born star. 

In the National League I have gone with Giancarlo Stanton using the whole “I’m going to keep picking him until he proves me wrong” philosophy and every year he proves me wrong. He’s injured or he simply gets outperformed by Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh so I’m going to go against the grain once again here, but not by much. What about Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks? He’s probably the best first baseman in the game and probably the best hitter in the National League but he hasn’t received much attention due to the fact that his team has struggled. With Shelby Miller and Zack Greinke now in the desert that shouldn’t be the case any longer. ---
Paul Goldschmidt has once again had a solid season for the Arizona Diamondbacks and once again no one in the league has seemingly noticed. I don’t know if it’s going to be enough to win an MVP Award though and that’s really a shame. Jose Abreu on the other hand, yeah he’s not winning an MVP Award. He’s not getting a single vote. He’s not even in the discussion anywhere but here in this blog post. Oh well, another one bite’s the dust for me.

What were your predictions? Do you remember? Leave them below in the comments section. 

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