lesgrant wrote:Both the MVP and Cy Young are about a performance within the context of the team. Baseball is a team sport. You can deconstruct it all you want, but you'll still need nine guys for a full side who will have to play together to win games - which is the ultimate objective on the field, not accumulating stats for stats' sake.
If it is a team sport, like you say, why does one player get assigned "the win". A pitcher's job is not to win ballgames. Like you say, it is the team's job to win ballgames. A collection of individuals. Seeing as how Colon and Santana never come to bat, it is impossible for either to win a game (unless you know of a major league game that was played and won by a team that didn't score a run). A pitcher's job is to shut down the opposing offense. Santana does that better than Colon. If the Cy Young is the award for the best pitcher, it should go to Santana. If it is the award for the pitcher with the most statistical wins arbitrarily assigned to him, then it should go to Colon.