MVPS: More Traditional Than Cy-Young
First of all, congratulations to both Josh Hamilton and Joey Votto for their respective 2010 MVP Awards. They both would have been my picks as well.
Whereas the AL Cy-Young award may have been a bit of a change in favor of stats (Felix Hernandez winning “just” 13 games), the MVP’s were a bit more traditional this year, given out to two cleanup hitters who flatout did their jobs.
Without either player, I don’t think the Texas Rangers or Cincinnati Reds make the playoffs in ’10 (or at least not quite as easily as they did). They both just did what a fourth hitter should do: rake the ball, hit for extra base power, and drive in a plethora of runs.