today, on October 23, it was announced that Michael Brantley finished 7th in the Sporting News 2014 Player of the Year vote! this is still another new career first for Michael. congrats!
SN's POTY is voted on by major league players from both the American League and National League. 244 players voted this year. Sporting News established this award in 1936.
here are the complete POTY voting results:
1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (76)
2. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (73)
3. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (32)
4. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers (22)
5. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox (16)
5. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros (16)
7. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians (2)
7. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees (2)
7. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers (2)
10. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners (1)
10. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays/ Detroit Tigers (1)
10. Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics (1)
okay, you know i'm going in hard about these results. first off, i don't think pitchers should be considered in this kind of vote. what pitchers do and what hitters do is very different and their awards should be differentiated as such. (which is also why i've never liked the idea of pitchers receiving the MVP award.)
secondly, how is it possible that the guy with the 3rd best batting average in the league and the only player this season to have at least a .300 BA, 40 doubles, 20 HR, 90 RBI, 90 runs, and 20 SB placed in a 3-way tie for 7th? TWO votes? out of 244? i'm going to assume that the 2 votes he got came from Cleveland Indians players, which if true makes me sad because i thought Michael was finally getting respected around the league by his peers. he got voted to the All Star game by his peers, but only 2 players voted for him for player of the year? something's not adding up there, literally.
third, and much like my first point, i don't think rookies should be included in this list either. they get their own entire category with ROTY. so stay outta this one for crying out loud.
and look at some of the other players and where they placed in this vote. i mean, it's pretty laughable. and laugh i will do because this is a vote that's not at all worth getting upset over. it's an honor that Michael was deemed good enough to even place on this list. but when he finishes higher in MLB's MVP vote, we will all know that this SN list was wrong =P
congratulations again, though, Michael! you kicked ass this season! =D