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MJH on accountability
Ever since about August third 2008 I thought Ian Kinsler was a shoe-in for the MVP award. Then he got injured and Pedroia went on to win. And since then I have maintained that Kinsler would have one easily had he not gotten injured. The otherday I was fangraphing, yes fangraph as a verb... use it, Ian's stats and I decided to take a look at Pedroia's just to see if they were as close as I thought or if time had embellished. I did not. Ian played 121 games, Pedroia played 157 still Kinsler beat Pedroia in most counting stats. One more homerun, six more stolen bases, seven points in wRC+, eleven points of WOBA. Their average based stats are almost identical as well.
Average: .319 IK V.S .326 DPOBP: .375 V.S .376SLG: .517 V.S .493BABIP: .334 V.S .331ISOP: .199 V.S .167BB%: .7.7 V.S 6.9
All in all Ian provided nearly identical value, save for fielding (at the time kinsler was a below average defender) in 36 fewer games. So not only could Kinsler have been considered for the MVP given his 121 games of contribution, he could've put up all kinds of sillyness had he been given 36 extra games. One more thing, just for good measure, if we can agree that Kinsler and Pedroia were very similarly productive in 2008 then why on earth was Pedroia voted number one and Kinsler voted number twenty?
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