Keith Law is awesome. He made a 2nd place vote for Javier Vazquez in the Cy Young, defended his decision with referring to sabermetrics (and innings pitched) and then ripped the fanbase, tweeting* " Do the Cardinals sell a pacifier with the team logo on it?" I like it.
*you can’t type the word tweeting and still feel cool.
The thing is, Law’s ballot is defensible, if you subscribe to these new-fangled sabermetrics, and more and more people are. I know, they are ruining the game.
Back in my day, we used to calculate a pitcher’s ERA with an abacus! And back in my day, we didn’t have safety standards for toys. We got rusty nails and big bags of broken glass! And that’s the way it was, and we liked it! We loved it! Win-Loss record and throwing underhanded! Those were the days, by-gum!
Look, folks. The nerd-leaven is slowly leavening the lump of the BBWAA. They’re penetrating the bureaucracy! Get used to it. Zack Greinke had 16 wins. Lincecum had 15. And yet both were far and away the best pitchers in their respective leagues, and it really wasn’t even that close.
Lincecum – 137
Carpenter – 119
Wainwright – 126
Vazquez – 120
Haren – 121
Lincecum – 8.2
Carpenter – 5.6
Wainwright – 5.7
Vazquez – 6.6 (hello, Keith Law)
Haren – 6.1
Lincecum – 8.3
Carpenter – 6.6
Wainwright – 5.7
Vazquez – 5.8
Haren – 6.3
One dude who was really, really, really good no matter how you slice it; and several pitchers who were very good, but had little separating them, no matter what advanced stats you look at. There is no holy grail stat, but you can see some harmony here.
This vote looks like progress, but the fact that there was still so much separating 2-3 from 4-5 when there was so little separating their performance tells me there’s still more progress to be made in the evil subterfuge of the basement dwellers into the MSM.
Whiny baby Cardinal fans and grumpy old man Cardinal fans, click on the links, educate yourself. You’re just making yourself look stupid attacking things you haven’t taken the time to understand.
Edit: Sorry, I’m a cranky cuss today. I am not saying there is a “wrong” vote per se’…well maybe I am. I just have grown a little weary of some of the anti-stat jabbing. Ignorance in this age of baseball information is forgivable, but making fun of things you don’t understand is just lame. But in the grand scheme of life, whoo-pa-dee-doo.