April 24, 2009
Last season I was adamantly opposed to the idea that San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum was the National League Cy Young award winner. I don’t have anything against Mr. Lincecum per se other than the fact that he is a San Francisco Giant but then I hold that against most every player on that team. The problem I had was the fact that the voters have no consistency when it comes to these awards. One year they will say that the winner was chosen because of wins which I believe is probably one of the worst statistics in the world for pitchers. The next year the criteria will be opponent’s batting average, strike-outs, or WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched). The lack of consistency is maddening. Baseball is foundationally based on consistency. It is what makes the game so great. When things are consistently measured it makes it possible to create comparisons between players and between generations. Without it, it makes it impossible to objectively compare.