Votto takes home NL MVP Award

Arbitration Decision: Javier Vazquez
The RAB Radio Show: November 22, 2010

Joey Votto was named the National League Most Valuable Player this afternoon, receiving all but one of the 32 place votes. Albert Pujols, Carlos Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez, and Troy Tulowitzki round out the top five. Votto finished the year at .324/.424/.600 (.439) with 7.4 fWAR, second only to Josh Hamilton.

The Yankees were going to select Votto with their first pick (71st overall) in the 2002 draft, but the Reds beat them to it. The Yanks surrendered their first round pick to the A’s that year when they signed Jason Giambi. Congrats to Votto, this might not be his last MVP.

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Arbitration Decision: Javier Vazquez
The RAB Radio Show: November 22, 2010
  • AndrewYF

    Dammit Giambi :(

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Would have traded him for an aging pitcher anyways.

    • mbonzo

      Giambi’s combined WAR as a Yankee was 28

      Votto’s combined WAR as a Red thus far is 16.2 (He’s got 2011, 2012, and 2013 left)

      They’re pretty close in value despite Votto being much cheaper.

      • Oliver Queen

        But …. Votto will add to that number in the coming years. Giambi is of no more value to the Yankees.

        • mbonzo

          Thats why I mentioned he still has 3 years left and “They’re pretty close in value…” He will probably end up right around Giambi’s 28 WAR.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Well deserved.

    That said, Ryan Howard got a second and a third place vote. Uh.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Teh RBIs!1

      • All Star Carl

        Driving in runs. Something the Yankees forgot how to do when playing Texas in the regular and postseason.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          You’re cute

          • All Star Carl

            Oh I’m sorry. Something we didn’t do again Felix, since you like to bring him up every chance you get.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

              ……..?

              Andy Pettitte?

  • FIPster Doofus

    Good choice. My only complaint is that Ryan Zimmerman deserved way better than a 16th-place finish, but whatever.

  • http://www.twitter.com/brandonholley B-Rando

    Picked him up in my fantasy league this year in the 8th round, probably the best value of any player I’ve ever gotten (round taken vs. output)

    • Thomas

      How the hell did he last that long. He was gone by like pick 40 in my leagues (about equal to Youkilis, who I got in the RAB league, because someone took Votto the pick before – still bitter).

    • radnom

      That award for me goes to my Mat Latos selection, sometime in the late rounds of an RAB fantasy league.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        I got CarGo in I think the ninth round.

        • bob

          but not because you thought he’d have a monster season.. be honest

        • http://twitter.com/#!/GearCity bigjuan

          I got CarGo 121st overall for $8 in my auction draft.

          • bob

            but again.. you werent thinking you were getting a steal at the time

            • http://twitter.com/#!/GearCity bigjuan

              I mean, I clearly didn’t predict a near triple crown, but I targeted him in every one of my drafts. So, yeah, I was pretty excited to get him for $8.

            • Oliver Queen

              You draft players because you believe that they’ll give you the most value at the pick of available players.

              If you thought Gonzalez was going to have the season he did, then you’d draft him in the first round.

              Drafting players combines a little bit of luck, but there is also skill involved. You have to take chances on players you think are going to have good seasons.

              Props to anyone who drafted guys like CarGo and Latos late.

  • Thomas

    In the draft Votto went two picks before DarrelL Rasner.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      And Rasner was 10 picks ahead of Jon Lester.

  • http://pda.88000.org/wallpapers/48/Pikachu_Dressed_as_Hitler.jpg Do Not Feed The Trolls!

    Aubrey Huff anywhere in the top 10?

    Really? really?

    • Hughesus Christo

      He’s more than deserving of that.

      • http://pda.88000.org/wallpapers/48/Pikachu_Dressed_as_Hitler.jpg Do Not Feed The Trolls!

        No leave fWAR alone for minute.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Huff was actually deserving this year.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Huff was 10th in the NL in fWAR. He had an excellent year.

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        And 4th in bWAR

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          AND his favorite band is gWAR.

          • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

            Fun fact: In college, I wrote a crossword puzzle with a mashup of band names as the theme. One of them was Gwar and Art Garfunkel. It was possibly the oddest pairing ever.

  • noseeum

    And he didn’t go to the All Star game. LOL.

    Joey Votto, 0 time All Star, 1 time MVP.

    • vin

      The fans (myself included) voted him in this year. Got ripped off by fans and Manuel, but it still goes on his resume nonetheless.

    • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

      yes he did he was the last player voted in by the fans.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      And Felix didn’t go to the ASG despite 105812098609686 pitchers going (and no one really had an issue with it at the time).

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Felix went, no? He just didn’t pitch because he pitched the Sunday before, or something.

        • All Star Carl

          Felix didn’t go.

          Don’t know why Felix is being brought up.

          Votto was voted in.

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

          Felix didn’t go. It wasn’t that much of a travesty though. He had just started his beast mode run (1.53 ERA in the second half).

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Felix went, no? He just didn’t pitch because he pitched the Sunday before, or something.

          Negative. Felix Hernandez was not voted in, nor selected, nor named as a replacement for the 2010 All Star Game. He was not included in any fashion.

          Your 2010 AL pitching staff (including both original selections and injury/eligibility replacements) was:
          Andrew Bailey, Clay Buchholz, Trevor Cahill, Fausto Carmona, Neftali Feliz, Phil Hughes, Cliff Lee, Jon Lester, Andy Pettitte, David Price, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia Yankees, Joakim Soria, Rafael Soriano, Matt Thornton, José Valverde, Justin Verlander, and Jered Weaver.

          Felix likely didn’t go because his April-May-June was merely “rock-solid” (6-5, 3.03 ERA, .223/.289/.325 against, 116/38 K/BB) as opposed to his July-August-September-October, which was dynamite (7-7, 1.55 ERA, .202/.258/.299 against, 116/32 K/BB).

          • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

            Really his June was just one bad start and four dominating ones (at least 8 IP, no more than 2 ER). June 13th to the end of the season was Beast Mode Felix: 21 starts, 1.41 ERA (covered in more detail here /shamelessselfpromotion’d)

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              NEEDZ MOAR WINS

  • M

    Good for Votto! A bit glad he never ended up in New York, with his off the field issues, you wonder if his career would have never have happend if he struggled at all hitting in NYC. Boo’s and depression do not mix!

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Being depressed after the death of your father is not “off-the-field” issues. It would be called FML time if he had any other profession.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        FML as in Family Medical Leave, not the other saying.

        • radnom

          Thanks for clarifying, because I immediately thought the other saying.

          • James

            I too “LOLed”

    • http://twitter.com/astrophunq Dax J.

      Besides his dad dying and the depression that came after it, he hasn’t had any “off-field” issues. I think you’re overreacting. As a matter of fact, I wish he was drafted by the Yankees. The team would’ve had a great player without paying a lot of money.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Cano will get our next one and then Montero.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Montero wins it next year, Sanchez in 2012 THEN Robbie in 2013.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        Montero also wins the Cy Young and the NL rookie of the year.

        • Monteroisdinero

          Montero-el hombre.

          • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

            one might say… Montero is dinero

        • Total Dominication

          Teh game-calling skillz!!!!

        • pete

          Montero winning NL ROY? Idk…I don’t really see him beating out Volquez

  • bonestock94

    Wow, didn’t know there was a NY connection, cool.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Way to be, Votto. I would’ve voted for him. This dude has a special bat. Keep it up, Joey.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Jeets wins it next year.

    For the Tigers (haha).

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    It must suck to be an NL 1B, because you spend your whole career looking up.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I know the feeling.

      Sincerely,
      Dustin Pedroia

    • Henry

      Don’t get it… O_o

      • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

        There’s this guy who plays for the Cardinals. His name is Albert Pujols, not sure if you’ve heard of him…

        • Henry

          Oh of course, just wasn’t sure how he meant it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    So…who gave Brian Wilson a third place vote?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Jerome Holtzman? (From the grave?)