No MVP Trophy This Year, Jose

I hate to say it, but Jose Bautista has not been the American League’s most valuable player this season. Joey Bat’s has been incredible-the best hitter in baseball in fact- but there is one player who has been even more valuable.

That player is Red Sox’ Jacoby Ellsbury.

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G 156/ PA 722

H 210/ 2B 46/ 3B 5/ HR 31/ RBI 103/ R 118

.323/ .378/ .552

wOBA .403/ wRC+ 153

UZR

(CF): 16.8 UZR/150 17.2

WAR: 9.7

 

Jose Bautista:

G 147/ PA 647

H 153/ 2B 24/ 3B 2/ HR 43/ RBI 103/ R 105

.302/.448/.613

wOBA .443/ wRC+ 183

UZR

(3B) 3.8 UZR/150 19.2

(RF) -8.2 UZR/150 -10.2

WAR: 8.4

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It looked like a done deal just a month ago- prompting influential writers of both the mainstream and sabermetric persuasion to write of Bautista’s MVP deservedness. But a mediocre finish by Bautista, coupled with a late surge by Ellsbury, has sealed the deal for this years MVP award.

The reason why I think Ellsbury should be MVP rather than Bautista is not because he is on a contending team. It is because his combination of exceptional bat and phenomenal glove has created more wins than Bautista’s phenomenal bat and sub-par glove. Ellsbury is an elite defender at an extremely important position, while Bautista is just average or worse at a corner outfield spot. Don’t let the mainstream baseball media fool you (I’m looking at you Tabler and Martinez), Bautista really is just an average fielder. He has a great arm, but defensive metrics systems have consistently knocked his range.

In my opinion, Ellsbury’s defense has been enough to overcome Bautista’s superior hitting in terms of overall value.

It really does pain me to make this case, but it is one I truly believe. If I’m wrong, I will certainly have to eat my words.

What do you think?

Should Jose Bautista win the AL MVP?

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  • Donnyboy

    No wonder that JB stumbled in the 2nd half. You have to be surrounded with good hitters to continually put up MVP numbers. JB rarely got good pitches to hit as the opposing managers knew that they had a much better chance of getting out guys like Adam Lind, etc., etc.

    Other than EE, who had a really good run for a couple of months, there was nobody to worry about in the Jays lineup. You certainly should not have to put a rookie(Brett Lawrie) in the 4 or 5 hole with all the pressure that brings.

    Can you imagine what numbers JB would have put up if he had a Prince Fielder or a Matt Kemp hitting behind him!!

  • Donnyboy

    No wonder that JB stumbled in the 2nd half. You have to be surrounded with good hitters to continually put up MVP numbers. JB rarely got good pitches to hit as the opposing managers knew that they had a much better chance of getting out guys like Adam Lind, etc., etc.

    Other than EE, who had a really good run for a couple of months, there was nobody to worry about in the Jays lineup. You certainly should not have to put a rookie(Brett Lawrie) in the 4 or 5 hole with all the pressure that brings.

    Can you imagine what numbers JB would have put up if he had a Prince Fielder or a Matt Kemp hitting behind him!!

  • rscott.r.i

    UZR IS BULLSHIT, etc (Justin Verlander for MVP)

  • rscott.r.i

    UZR IS BULLSHIT, etc (Justin Verlander for MVP)

  • ace frehley

    Love Jose, but I think you’re right, he’s in tough against the division leading candidates and media friendly NY and Boston.

  • ace frehley

    Love Jose, but I think you’re right, he’s in tough against the division leading candidates and media friendly NY and Boston.

  • ryan dockman

    Being a Jays fan, we’d love he have Jose as the MVP just wasn’t the year! If they combined 2nd half of last year with the 1st half of this year tops nods for sure. Ryan Dockman

  • ryan dockman

    Being a Jays fan, we’d love he have Jose as the MVP just wasn’t the year! If they combined 2nd half of last year with the 1st half of this year tops nods for sure. Ryan Dockman

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