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Twitter is showing a clue od a new lefty coming out today. Shows the feet and lower legs. Powder blue and red coloring.

Steve Carlton?

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Are you sure that it is not the Keith Hernandez card?

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@ItsaCanesthing said in New Lefty:

Are you sure that it is not the Keith Hernandez card?

Oh [censored]. Nevermind. Lol. Guess its wise to look at the whole Twitter acct and not juat them email notification I got 6 hours ago. Lol

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I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

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@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

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@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

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@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Ok, I had to read more about that 1979 MVP race. It was kinda nutso that Hernandez had to share:

“ Hernandez, 25, batted .344 with 210 hits, 116 runs, 11 home runs, 105 RBI and a .417 on-base percentage in 161 games.

Stargell, 39, batted .281 with 119 hits, 60 runs, 32 home runs, 82 RBI and a .352 on-base percentage in 112 games, including 16 as a pinch-hitter.”

Hernandez also won the gold glove that year.

I didn’t look up WAR but you can tell just by looking at the counting stats alone that Hernandez had the better year.

No disrespect to Stargell, but Hernandez got shafted. I know he can still say he was an MVP, but that little “co-“ prefix feels like an asterisk.

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@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Which is just absurd. Stargell didn’t deserve a single first place vote. He shouldn’t have even been in the top 20 that year, and even that might be generous.

Winfield, Schmidt, and Hernandez were the only three deserving candidates.

It’s pretty cringeworthy to look back at old MVP voting results because of how unbelievably wrong most of them are.

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@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Which is just absurd. Stargell didn’t deserve a single first place vote. He shouldn’t have even been in the top 20 that year, and even that might be generous.

Winfield, Schmidt, and Hernandez were the only three deserving candidates.

It’s pretty cringeworthy to look back at old MVP voting results because of how unbelievably wrong most of them are.

It’s insane. I was recently looking at 1998, the year McGwire hit 70hrs. McGwire was better than Sosa in almost every category, still finished second to him in the MVP.

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@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

George Foster hit 52 HR one year for the Reds. Beast of a year.

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@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Which is just absurd. Stargell didn’t deserve a single first place vote. He shouldn’t have even been in the top 20 that year, and even that might be generous.

Winfield, Schmidt, and Hernandez were the only three deserving candidates.

It’s pretty cringeworthy to look back at old MVP voting results because of how unbelievably wrong most of them are.

It’s insane. I was recently looking at 1998, the year McGwire hit 70hrs. McGwire was better than Sosa in almost every category, still finished second to him in the MVP.

Had a lot to do with how their teams finished. People put a lot more value into players whose teams made the playoffs.

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@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Which is just absurd. Stargell didn’t deserve a single first place vote. He shouldn’t have even been in the top 20 that year, and even that might be generous.

Winfield, Schmidt, and Hernandez were the only three deserving candidates.

It’s pretty cringeworthy to look back at old MVP voting results because of how unbelievably wrong most of them are.

It’s insane. I was recently looking at 1998, the year McGwire hit 70hrs. McGwire was better than Sosa in almost every category, still finished second to him in the MVP.

McGwire probably could’ve gotten 10+ fWAR that year if he could play defense better than a little leaguer.

Bonds and McGwire could’ve been true co-MVPs that year though. Both had 8.5 fWAR, but Bonds had better defense while McGwire had better offense. Sosa absolutely did not deserve that MVP either.

And people wonder why MVPs aren’t a credible “stat” to bring up when comparing players.

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@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Ok, I had to read more about that 1979 MVP race. It was kinda nutso that Hernandez had to share:

“ Hernandez, 25, batted .344 with 210 hits, 116 runs, 11 home runs, 105 RBI and a .417 on-base percentage in 161 games.

Stargell, 39, batted .281 with 119 hits, 60 runs, 32 home runs, 82 RBI and a .352 on-base percentage in 112 games, including 16 as a pinch-hitter.”

Hernandez also won the gold glove that year.

I didn’t look up WAR but you can tell just by looking at the counting stats alone that Hernandez had the better year.

No disrespect to Stargell, but Hernandez got shafted. I know he can still say he was an MVP, but that little “co-“ prefix feels like an asterisk.

I just looked up the WAR...It's not even close
Hernandez 7.6
Stargell 2.5
Winfield was third and had the best WAR at 8.3
The shocker is that Pops got 10 1st place votes and Hernandez got 4.

But remember this is pre saber baseball.
1979 was the year of the "We are Family" Pirates that won the NL East with 98 wins.
Back then the best player on the best team mentality was prevalent.

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@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Which is just absurd. Stargell didn’t deserve a single first place vote. He shouldn’t have even been in the top 20 that year, and even that might be generous.

Winfield, Schmidt, and Hernandez were the only three deserving candidates.

It’s pretty cringeworthy to look back at old MVP voting results because of how unbelievably wrong most of them are.

It’s insane. I was recently looking at 1998, the year McGwire hit 70hrs. McGwire was better than Sosa in almost every category, still finished second to him in the MVP.

McGwire probably could’ve gotten 10+ fWAR that year if he could play defense better than a little leaguer.

Bonds and McGwire could’ve been true co-MVPs that year though. Both had 8.5 fWAR, but Bonds had better defense while McGwire had better offense. Sosa absolutely did not deserve that MVP either.

IDK, to me, McGwire was the clear winner. Bonds could have finished 2nd, instead of 8th. Trevor Hoffman finished 7th. Hoffman had a great year, but c’mon now. These MVP voters were out of their minds. 1979, I can forgive because of mainstream drug use, but not 1998.

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@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Which is just absurd. Stargell didn’t deserve a single first place vote. He shouldn’t have even been in the top 20 that year, and even that might be generous.

Winfield, Schmidt, and Hernandez were the only three deserving candidates.

It’s pretty cringeworthy to look back at old MVP voting results because of how unbelievably wrong most of them are.

It’s insane. I was recently looking at 1998, the year McGwire hit 70hrs. McGwire was better than Sosa in almost every category, still finished second to him in the MVP.

McGwire probably could’ve gotten 10+ fWAR that year if he could play defense better than a little leaguer.

Bonds and McGwire could’ve been true co-MVPs that year though. Both had 8.5 fWAR, but Bonds had better defense while McGwire had better offense. Sosa absolutely did not deserve that MVP either.

IDK, to me, McGwire was the clear winner. Bonds could have finished 2nd, instead of 8th. Trevor Hoffman finished 7th. Hoffman had a great year, but c’mon now. These MVP voters were out of their minds. 1979, I can forgive because of mainstream drug use, but not 1998.

Bonds: 170 wRC+, 3.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR
McGwire: 205 wRC+, -25.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR

Both provided the same amount of value, just in different ways. McGwire’s -25.1 Def was the worst in the league among qualified players, at any position. There’s solid cases for both guys.

There is not a solid case for Sosa however lmao

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@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Which is just absurd. Stargell didn’t deserve a single first place vote. He shouldn’t have even been in the top 20 that year, and even that might be generous.

Winfield, Schmidt, and Hernandez were the only three deserving candidates.

It’s pretty cringeworthy to look back at old MVP voting results because of how unbelievably wrong most of them are.

It’s insane. I was recently looking at 1998, the year McGwire hit 70hrs. McGwire was better than Sosa in almost every category, still finished second to him in the MVP.

McGwire probably could’ve gotten 10+ fWAR that year if he could play defense better than a little leaguer.

Bonds and McGwire could’ve been true co-MVPs that year though. Both had 8.5 fWAR, but Bonds had better defense while McGwire had better offense. Sosa absolutely did not deserve that MVP either.

IDK, to me, McGwire was the clear winner. Bonds could have finished 2nd, instead of 8th. Trevor Hoffman finished 7th. Hoffman had a great year, but c’mon now. These MVP voters were out of their minds. 1979, I can forgive because of mainstream drug use, but not 1998.

Bonds: 170 wRC+, 3.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR
McGwire: 205 wRC+, -25.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR

Both provided the same amount of value, just in different ways. McGwire’s -25.1 Def was the worst in the league among qualified players, at any position. There’s solid cases for both guys.

There is not a solid case for Sosa however lmao

TBF, we can do this with almost any season. 1995 Barry Larkin comes immediately to mind. Bonds, Piazza, and even Reggie Sanders had a better season than Larkin did.

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@formallyforearms said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Which is just absurd. Stargell didn’t deserve a single first place vote. He shouldn’t have even been in the top 20 that year, and even that might be generous.

Winfield, Schmidt, and Hernandez were the only three deserving candidates.

It’s pretty cringeworthy to look back at old MVP voting results because of how unbelievably wrong most of them are.

It’s insane. I was recently looking at 1998, the year McGwire hit 70hrs. McGwire was better than Sosa in almost every category, still finished second to him in the MVP.

McGwire probably could’ve gotten 10+ fWAR that year if he could play defense better than a little leaguer.

Bonds and McGwire could’ve been true co-MVPs that year though. Both had 8.5 fWAR, but Bonds had better defense while McGwire had better offense. Sosa absolutely did not deserve that MVP either.

IDK, to me, McGwire was the clear winner. Bonds could have finished 2nd, instead of 8th. Trevor Hoffman finished 7th. Hoffman had a great year, but c’mon now. These MVP voters were out of their minds. 1979, I can forgive because of mainstream drug use, but not 1998.

Bonds: 170 wRC+, 3.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR
McGwire: 205 wRC+, -25.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR

Both provided the same amount of value, just in different ways. McGwire’s -25.1 Def was the worst in the league among qualified players, at any position. There’s solid cases for both guys.

There is not a solid case for Sosa however lmao

TBF, we can do this with almost any season. 1995 Barry Larkin comes immediately to mind. Bonds, Piazza, and even Reggie Sanders had a better season than Larkin did.

This is true, but you’ll never see it happen anytime in the future.

That’s why advanced stats and sabermetrics are important, so guys don’t get cheated out of awards they deserve.

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@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@formallyforearms said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Which is just absurd. Stargell didn’t deserve a single first place vote. He shouldn’t have even been in the top 20 that year, and even that might be generous.

Winfield, Schmidt, and Hernandez were the only three deserving candidates.

It’s pretty cringeworthy to look back at old MVP voting results because of how unbelievably wrong most of them are.

It’s insane. I was recently looking at 1998, the year McGwire hit 70hrs. McGwire was better than Sosa in almost every category, still finished second to him in the MVP.

McGwire probably could’ve gotten 10+ fWAR that year if he could play defense better than a little leaguer.

Bonds and McGwire could’ve been true co-MVPs that year though. Both had 8.5 fWAR, but Bonds had better defense while McGwire had better offense. Sosa absolutely did not deserve that MVP either.

IDK, to me, McGwire was the clear winner. Bonds could have finished 2nd, instead of 8th. Trevor Hoffman finished 7th. Hoffman had a great year, but c’mon now. These MVP voters were out of their minds. 1979, I can forgive because of mainstream drug use, but not 1998.

Bonds: 170 wRC+, 3.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR
McGwire: 205 wRC+, -25.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR

Both provided the same amount of value, just in different ways. McGwire’s -25.1 Def was the worst in the league among qualified players, at any position. There’s solid cases for both guys.

There is not a solid case for Sosa however lmao

TBF, we can do this with almost any season. 1995 Barry Larkin comes immediately to mind. Bonds, Piazza, and even Reggie Sanders had a better season than Larkin did.

This is true, but you’ll never see it happen anytime in the future.

That’s why advanced stats and sabermetrics are important, so guys don’t get cheated out of awards they deserve.

That Larkin one ticked me off pretty badly. Looking back now, Bonds led in WAR and OPS and finished 12th in MVP voting.

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@formallyforearms said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@formallyforearms said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Which is just absurd. Stargell didn’t deserve a single first place vote. He shouldn’t have even been in the top 20 that year, and even that might be generous.

Winfield, Schmidt, and Hernandez were the only three deserving candidates.

It’s pretty cringeworthy to look back at old MVP voting results because of how unbelievably wrong most of them are.

It’s insane. I was recently looking at 1998, the year McGwire hit 70hrs. McGwire was better than Sosa in almost every category, still finished second to him in the MVP.

McGwire probably could’ve gotten 10+ fWAR that year if he could play defense better than a little leaguer.

Bonds and McGwire could’ve been true co-MVPs that year though. Both had 8.5 fWAR, but Bonds had better defense while McGwire had better offense. Sosa absolutely did not deserve that MVP either.

IDK, to me, McGwire was the clear winner. Bonds could have finished 2nd, instead of 8th. Trevor Hoffman finished 7th. Hoffman had a great year, but c’mon now. These MVP voters were out of their minds. 1979, I can forgive because of mainstream drug use, but not 1998.

Bonds: 170 wRC+, 3.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR
McGwire: 205 wRC+, -25.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR

Both provided the same amount of value, just in different ways. McGwire’s -25.1 Def was the worst in the league among qualified players, at any position. There’s solid cases for both guys.

There is not a solid case for Sosa however lmao

TBF, we can do this with almost any season. 1995 Barry Larkin comes immediately to mind. Bonds, Piazza, and even Reggie Sanders had a better season than Larkin did.

This is true, but you’ll never see it happen anytime in the future.

That’s why advanced stats and sabermetrics are important, so guys don’t get cheated out of awards they deserve.

That Larkin one ticked me off pretty badly. Looking back now, Bonds led in WAR and OPS and finished 12th in MVP voting.

I’m glad for it.

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@formallyforearms said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@formallyforearms said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in New Lefty:

@DriveByTrucker17 said in New Lefty:

@SchnauzerFace said in New Lefty:

I knew Hernandez played in St Louis but I never knew he played there longer than in NY.

As bad as gameplay can be, I love this game for teaching me new things about baseball history. I also didn’t know very much about Robin Roberts or George Foster, so I’ve already learned about a couple new players from baseball history this year. So that’s cool.

Fielding still sucks though.

Hernandez had the two best seasons of his career with the cardinals as well.

He won the co-MVP in St. Louis.

Which is just absurd. Stargell didn’t deserve a single first place vote. He shouldn’t have even been in the top 20 that year, and even that might be generous.

Winfield, Schmidt, and Hernandez were the only three deserving candidates.

It’s pretty cringeworthy to look back at old MVP voting results because of how unbelievably wrong most of them are.

It’s insane. I was recently looking at 1998, the year McGwire hit 70hrs. McGwire was better than Sosa in almost every category, still finished second to him in the MVP.

McGwire probably could’ve gotten 10+ fWAR that year if he could play defense better than a little leaguer.

Bonds and McGwire could’ve been true co-MVPs that year though. Both had 8.5 fWAR, but Bonds had better defense while McGwire had better offense. Sosa absolutely did not deserve that MVP either.

IDK, to me, McGwire was the clear winner. Bonds could have finished 2nd, instead of 8th. Trevor Hoffman finished 7th. Hoffman had a great year, but c’mon now. These MVP voters were out of their minds. 1979, I can forgive because of mainstream drug use, but not 1998.

Bonds: 170 wRC+, 3.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR
McGwire: 205 wRC+, -25.1 Def, 8.5 fWAR

Both provided the same amount of value, just in different ways. McGwire’s -25.1 Def was the worst in the league among qualified players, at any position. There’s solid cases for both guys.

There is not a solid case for Sosa however lmao

TBF, we can do this with almost any season. 1995 Barry Larkin comes immediately to mind. Bonds, Piazza, and even Reggie Sanders had a better season than Larkin did.

This is true, but you’ll never see it happen anytime in the future.

That’s why advanced stats and sabermetrics are important, so guys don’t get cheated out of awards they deserve.

That Larkin one ticked me off pretty badly. Looking back now, Bonds led in WAR and OPS and finished 12th in MVP voting.

But he was really really mean to the media 😉

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