Originally written on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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The small data points about St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s diminishing chances to win National League Most Valuable Player Award have been piling up. For example, in yesterday’s post, I shared a comment from an official of gambling site Bovada.lv. Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen was said to be such a favorite for the MVP that the race has been taken off the betting board. ESPN’s Jayson Stark took a run at identifying the Face of Baseball via a reader poll. Stark tweeted afterward that he thinks the three most under-supported players in the pool are McCutchen, Clayton Kershaw and Buster Posey. Asked about Molina, who had even less voter support, Stark replied, “Based on his play, absolutely. But he goes out of his way to dodge the limelight.” In reality, Molina is well-known enough. After all, he was the top vote-getter for the NL All-Star team back when he was leading the league in batting average. Yet, I cannot help but wonder if the lingering problem with his right ...
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