SpecialFNK wrote:where does it say a hitters job is to create runs?
Howards job is to DRIVE IN runs. he doesnt get paid to simply get on base, he gets paid to drive in the runners. thats why he is the cleanup hitter. when he comes up with runners on i doubt he is trying to get himself on base. he wants to get them runners home, and he did that better than anyone else in baseball.
Howard has weak numbers with noone on base. im thinking one reason for this is because he wasnt concerned with getting on base, but instead he was trying to drive himself in with a HR, which is why in 311 AB with noone on base he had 111 K, but 22 HR.
look at all the previous winners of the MVP award. its not just given to the best player. how a team does has an effect on who wins the award. if the award simply went to the best player there wouldnt be any voting needed, it would be an easy answer as to who would win the MVP each season. you could also have players simply worrying about their own stats instead of the teams success.
how often does the award go to a player on a non playoff team? not very often
A hitters job is to create runs. A pitchers job is to prevent them. Howards rbi chances are really luck. How many chances would he get on the Nationals? Howard should have alot of rbis, given his rbi chances. You still ignore the significance of outs made.
There are years when the best player is close. Some writers, take the playoff notion into their own mind. Kornheiser saying Manny/CC are the MVP/CY is a perfect example. Tony can afford a nice ladder, to cherry pick 3 months worth of stats.