Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Office is one of America’s most respected baseball writers. He has a baseball resume for more than 40 years. He was elected to the Wings of Famer Hall in 2007 to prove this. Nickname “The Commish”-worthy of his position in the industry.
So, what does Hummel know about Ryan Tepera that the rest of us haven’t seen in 2020?
“I’m sure the Tepera family are very happy, but I will definitely not vote for him. Hemel said it was an accident. His tenth vote for Tepera could easily make the National League MVP released on Thursday night. The results of the voting were shocking, and the results showed that Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts took 1
“I fully intend to vote for Trea Turner [10th]. In fact, I remember that I fought to select two guys from the last team,” Hummel added. Hummel selected Turner’s national teammate Juan Soto as eighth. name.
So what happened? On Hummel’s ballot, how did the Cubs relievers who did not open the season on the roster and ended with a 3.92 ERA and unpleasant walking speed get the result?
Of the 300 routes represented in 30 10-row votes, only two other cubs were nominated: Cy Young finalist Yu Darvish (named after 6 votes) and midfield scorer Ian Happ (from Miami writers 10th vote).
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Hummel caught his footsteps on Thursday night when he discovered that Tepera’s name was only 3 percentage points higher than that of a drop-down menu that qualified voters could use to fill in ballots. He said that the only explanation he can speculate is that he mistakenly clicked the wrong name in the window and then paid insufficient attention to the confirmation email showing his vote.
He seemed as surprised as the people who voted for Tepera with his ballot.
He said: “Especially for those who have voted for this for 40 years, this will be an amazing development.” People will think that I have lost marble.
“Trea Turner should say one more point. He is a good player.”
Turner finished seventh in the vote, far behind Marcell Ozuna (Marcell Ozuna) who was sixth, so that accidental voting did not change anyone’s MVP performance.
This is certainly not a controversial vote. It’s not like when two writers gave up Pedro Martinez’s vote completely in 1999 and made him pay the price, or when a writer voted Alex Rodriguez as the No. Seventh, when he won the award in 1996.
In these two seasons, writers still vote by filling out and mailing paper tickets. A few years later, email was adopted as the BBWAA voting method. In recent years, it has been replaced by a more formal electronic process that requires qualified voters to register and may have problems, including drop-down menus.
For Tepera, this means that he will always display a note in the 2020 blank space on the baseball reference.com page, which shows the 18th place in the MVP vote-this may be the shortest and strangest MLB season ever. Perfect postscript.
For Hummel, he does have Freeman and Betts 1-2 on his ballot, and the only thing he seems to be sure about on Thursday night is that he will definitely double check-even three times-the bottom of the ballot next time.
And he at least thought he knew what happened to the damn drop-down menu.
“That’s my story, I stick to it,” Hummel said. “That’s it.”
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