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I've stopped caring. Gold Gloves, MVPs, Cy Youngs all stopped mattering a while back . They're based on nothing. They've tried introducing new ones, like the Hank Aaron Award, but already that's a joke (Jeter was *not* the best offensive player in the AL). What's interesting is that one award that does seem to be done reasonably well is Rookie of the Year. And this makes sense: no chance for "lifetime achievement awards", unlikely that personalities ("intangibles") will be known enough to make a difference, etc. So the voters have to rely on - ulp! - statistics.(On that note, Silver Slugger is a pretty decent category as well. But it's hard to mess that one up.)
I agree that the ROY is mostly accurate because there are no politics. Let's face it, these awards are popularity contests. I say we come up with out own awards, like:1. Biggest Asshole (AL/NL minimum 100 games)2. Biggest Whiner (AL/NL minimum 100 games)3. Least Bang for your buck (AL/NL minimum 100 games)4. Most underrated (AL/NL minimum 100 games)5. Best Teammate (AL/NL minimum 100 games)Naturally, these aren't the best but I am sure we can come up with 5-10 good ones and then do our own voting.
Games played killed our Gonzo.