Liam Hendriks finishes 13th in AL MVP voting
MLB awards week finished up on Thursday, with the biggest honor of them all: the A Lot Of Belongings Player.
*** Previous awards: Rookie of the Year|Manager of the Year|Cy Young ***
The winner in the American League was Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman feels like something of a throwback, leading the majors in RBI and leading the AL in hits, with a. 987 OPS, 167 wRC+, and plus defense. That doesn’t imply he’s a bad choice, however, as he connected for the AL lead in bWAR and ranked third in fWAR while leading a young team to the postseason to break a franchise playoff dry spell that lasted over a years.
The National League likewise selected a first baseman who contributes on both sides of the ball, in Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves. Long thought about an underrated superstar, he delivered his best numbers yet in the shortened season. His 187 wRC+ ranked 2nd in the majors (based on a beast 1.102 OPS), and both bWAR and fWAR had him and Mookie Betts as the 2 NL leaders (with each gamer leading the other in one version of the metric). Freeman’s Braves breezed to the NL East division title.
Here are the Top 5 finishers in each league, and you can click the header links to see the complete results.
A few notes: Freeman was 1st-place on 28 tallies (Betts got the other 2), while Abreu only got 21 (with eight for Ramirez and one for LeMahieu). Bieber was so dominant that he factored into the Leading 5 as a pitcher, which does not constantly happen (top pitcher in the NL was Trevor Bauer in a remote 10th). This is the least expensive Trout has ranked in a full season in his profession, after eight straight Leading 4 surfaces– and even then, he was just one point shy of fourth, which might too be a tie.
When it comes to the Oakland A’s, regardless of winning their department and making the No. 2 seed in their league’s playoffs, they only had one player show up in the ballot: closer Liam Hendriks, who was named on three ballots. Hendriks got a 9th-place nod from regional expert Susan Slusser, and a set of 10ths from a Baltimore author and a Tampa Bay writer, totaling four points in the scoring procedure. He completed in a three-way tie for 13th location.
It’s simply the most recent acknowledgment for Hendriks after another amazing season. He was currently named the AL Reducer of the Year, and he connected for ninth in Cy Young voting, where he once again ranked as the leading reducer. Among pitchers, just Bieber completed greater in the MVP ballot, while Hyun-jin Ryu connected Hendriks and Dallas Keuchel likewise appeared– making Hendriks the only reliever on the list. Sure, 13th place doesn’t sound exciting and he just appeared on 10% of tallies, however only 22 gamers in the entire AL got discusses and he was among them. In this case, it actually is an honor just to be nominated.
As for the rest of Oakland’s group, it’s rather surprising to see no one else make the cut. However the truth is that there was no particular star in the A’s lineup this year, with the whole squad banding together in more of a group effort. Somebody would fume for a couple weeks, then when he cooled down or got injured another person would take his location. Nobody finished the year with amazing numbers, simply a lot of truly solid factors, and all the biggest-name stars had off-years and/or got injured. The leading choice is probably Mark Canha, and even he had a. 246 average with five homers, so you can understand if voters overlooked him.
As for Chris Bassitt, he ended up eighth for Cy Young and a number of superior pitchers also didn’t make any MVP tallies, so he’s not truly a snub even if you provide him additional credit for his deal with this specific Oakland group. The reality is that their closer really may have been their most valuable gamer from wire to wire, on a club with no other standout individuals.
Congrats to Hendriks on another well-deserved honor!
Here’s the group’s current history in MVP voting, returning a couple years. Registering simply one player at 13th location is the A’s worst outcome since 2017, when Khris Davis flew solo in 22nd place: