Found August 23, 2013 on Baseball Hot Corner:
Many baseball followers believe the MVP award should be reserved for hitters, as the Cy Young award is, of course, reserved for pitchers. But until the Baseball Writers’ Association of America changes the name of the award to Most Valuable Hitter, pitchers should have just as much of a shot to win the award as hitters. This year, Clayton Kershaw is having the greatest single season of any pitcher in the 21st century, and he should be rewarded with the National League MVP award. Some argue that because pitchers only pitch every five days, their actual value to their team is limited because they don’t contribute to the team’s winning to the same degree as position players. However, I’d argue that pitchers have just as much influence as batters. While they do pitch only once in every five games, their influence is tremendous in those games in which they play. A batter may compile 20 plate appearances in five games, while a pitcher almost always faces more batters than that in a single ...
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