SB Nation's off-season simulation is underway and award season has come! It's the little things that get us through the long winter.
This year's award categories are as follows:
- MLB Hitter of the Year
- MLB Pitcher of the Year
- Rays Defensive Play of the Year
- Rays Celebration of the Year
- MLB's Best Unwritten Rules Breakage
We will create a space for our site to vote on each of these every day this week, and the first up is MLB Hitter of the Year. Here's how this will work:
1. I will kick off the nominations in the comments with a handful of obvious names.
2. To vote for a nominee, add a "+1" comment to the player's name you feel is most deserving.
3. If you want to nominate a player who has not yet been nominated, then make a new comment with "Nomination: (Player Name)" in the subject line. Please double-check to make sure that the player actually hasn't been nominated yet.
Keep in mind, this is a very straight forward ask: who was the best hitter in all of baseball? To get things started, let's try narrowing down a bit more than just "MVP finalist":
|Josh Donaldson||Blue Jays||711||41||122||6||10.3%||18.7%||8.7|
|Edwin Encarnacion||Blue Jays||624||39||94||3||12.3%||15.7%||4.5|
|Jose Bautista||Blue Jays||666||40||108||8||16.5%||15.9%||4.5|
It's worth noting thathe bWAR and fWAR scales are quite similar this year, although we are only concerned with OFFENSE because the category is best HITTER.
So let's zoom in:
|Josh Donaldson||Blue Jays||711||.297||.371||.398||154||.271||.314|
|Edwin Encarnacion||Blue Jays||624||.277||.372||.392||150||.280||.267|
|Jose Bautista||Blue Jays||666||.250||.377||.389||147||.285||.237|
A couple thoughts here:
- How is the answer not Bryce Harper is we're just looking at hitters? Hot damn.
- The Blue Jays are stacked, and I'm legitimately beginning to wonder if the Donaldson trade was the death knell that pushed Billy Beane into a President's role. If Grantland still lived, I would beg for an oral history.
- In my mind's eye, Votto and Cruz and Davis were all much lower on this list.
- Logan Forsythe is the highest ranked Rays player when you filter on wRC+ for the season. He is 34th, ahead of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Prince Fielder, Ben Zobrist, and Jayson Heyward.
Go vote, have fun.