Of all the statistics Joey Votto accumulated over the course of the 2017 season, he couldn’t overcome one – 68-94, the Reds’ record – when it came to the National League Most Valuable Player award, announced on Thursday. The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton – whose team also had a losing record, but finished second in their division – won the award with Votto second in the balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America by just two points over Votto, who finished second.
Call me a homer. I’m sure many will. But I’ll say this: I believed Joey Votto was the best player in the National League in 2017, and that’s why he got my first-place vote on my National League Most Valuable Player ballot. This was the fifth time I’ve voted for the NL MVP and the second time I’ve voted for Votto. The MVP discussion often starts with a debate on the connotation of "most valuable." There are some people who don’t believe an MVP can come from a losing team. I’m not one of those people.
Joey Votto missed out on the second Most Valuable Player award of his career by the fourth-slimmest margin in the history of voting on the award by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Both Votto and the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton received 10 first-place votes from writers, but Stanton received 302 points in the balloting to Votto’s 300. First-place votes count for 14 points, second place nine, third place eight and so on down to one point for a 10th-place vote.
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