Originally written on Mike Silva's Sports Media Watchdog  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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I think Eric Wilbur summarized the hysteria over the MVP award this week in his post at Boston.com. Wilbur used the poster children for the new age vs. old school writer in his piece by highlighting Keith Law of ESPN and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Law represents the new-age sabermetrician and Grant the traditional BBWAA writer. Both made good point, but came off looking awfully bad in a discourse over the American League MVP that became increasingly uncivil. At times, downright rude. In case you haven’t heard, the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera won the American League MVP after producing a Triple Crown season, the first since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera hit 44 HRs, drove in 139 runs and hit .330. Ironically, it wasn’t even the best year of his career since 2010 produced a higher OPS (1.042 versus .999) and his OPS+ in 2011 was 179 versus 165. It was enough to help propel Detroit into the playoffs and erase a 3-game deficit the final two weeks of the season. Clearly, someon...
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