Despite winning his second straight batting title and having a season for the ages, Joe Mauer still has haters. The Minnesota Twin fell one vote shy of becoming the first catcher to win the Most Valuable Player Award by a unanimous vote, thanks to a Japanese writer who either needs Lasik corrective eye surgery or got drunk with Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera during the 2009 campaign. How else could you explain the vote cast by Keizo Konishi of Kyodo News.
Konishi deprived Mauer of baseball immortality by casting a first- place vote for Cabrera, a fine player whose numbers are inferior to the Gold- Glove backstop. The top pick of the 2001 draft, Mauer was the first AL player since George BrettÂ in 1980 to lead the league in batting average (.365), on-base percentage (.444) and slugging percentage (.587). He becomes one of four No.1 overall picks to win the M.V.P, joining the elite company of Ken Griffey Jr, Chipper Jones, and Alex Rodriguez. Cabrera put up some power numbers, but he faded late in the year, and his Tigers were passed in the standings by Mauer’s Twins.
I would like to know what konishi is putting in his pipe and smoking, because I would love to see what he saw in the right-handed first baseman. Either hes such a hater that he refuses to admit Mauer’s greatness or hes upset his fellow countryman, Ichiro Suzuki had an off year. This is such a miscarriage of justice, Konishi should have his voting revoked for 2010!