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Truy Tulowitzki Doesn't Win Another Award
2007-11-12 16:03
by Mark T.R. Donohue

Ryan Braun, who hit a lot of homers for a team that didn't make the playoffs, won the National League Rookie of the Year award. Troy Tulowitzki, who was the clubhouse leader and best defensive player of the National League pennant-winner, came in second, by somewhat closer of a margin than I expected. I can't say that I can work up a lot of outrage at this point since this is the precise outcome we've been expecting since the end of the season. When you let people who are clearly unqualified vote for the Hall of Fame and end-of-season awards, the results will be consistently disappointing. Why it is that Hall of Famers, big-city beat writers, and MLB managers and coaches are no longer reliable authorities on baseball, I couldn't tell you.

Will Matt Holliday end the Rockies' postseason-award shutout with a surprise MVP nod? Says here he... won't.

2007-11-12 16:15:58
1.   El Lay Dave
Holliday already owns the Silver Bat, although it hasn't been presented yet. Of course, that isn't voted on.
2007-11-12 16:43:24
2.   Ken Arneson
If at first you don't succeed, Truy Truy again. :)
2007-11-12 17:00:07
3.   overkill94
If the ROY award was viewed more like the MVP award then Tulo would have won, but historically the ROY has been more about stats than anything else. While Tulo had a truly fine rookie season, you can't argue with an OPS over 1.000.

My disappointment came in Loney getting outvoted by Pence 15 to 1 even though Loney out-OPSed him. I didn't think Loney would place third, but I figured he would get more votes than Kyle Kendrick and possibly Chris Young (who even with 32 homers still managed only a .763 OPS).

2007-11-12 18:38:38
4.   El Lay Dave
3 Re: Loney vs. Pence, one gets the feeling that 100 games played is a big psychological barrier for some of the writers; Pence was over and Loney under. (Some idiot voted Kendrick 2nd; how can anyone justify voting Braun/Tulo outside of the first two spots?)
2007-11-12 20:13:33
5.   Suffering Bruin
I was hoping for a tie between Braun and Tulo and I damn near got my wish. I would've voted for Tulo but I'm more outraged by what 4 pointed out--Kendrick got a second place vote? That's outrageous.
2007-11-12 20:20:27
6.   regfairfield
I don't really think losing to the guy who had the greatest slugging percentage by a rookie ever is some huge slap to Tulo.

Would you get upset if Albert Pujols loses out to Matt Holliday in the MVP voting? Pujols' glove puts him head and shoulders ahead of Holliday, but I doubt he'll get much support, if any.

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