2009 Pittsburgh Pirates MVP Tracker

Update 5/25/09: The MVP Tracker has changed. Read about the changes in the second section of this Pirates Notebook.

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  • Nooter

    LOL. You’re serious with this list? I went through your rankings and it’s the most subjective and “who I like gets a + and who I don’t gets a minus” thing I’ve ever seen.

    Some of them aren’t even explained. Once recent game you gave Morgan a -1 for grounding out at one point in a game. Those are pretty tough standards man. Particularly when you have Moss in the + category overall and he was hitting .180 something a couple weeks ago.

    But whatever. It’s your show.

  • Tim Williams

    When a team gets a win, I give points to the players who played an important part in that win. In the case of Moss, he has been on fire lately, and is a big part of why he’s in the positive range.

    As for Morgan, if the team loses and it could have been avoided due to a key at-bat (like Delwyn and Vazquez last night), I’ll give them a negative point.

    Simply put, if you contribute to the win (and not in a “I went 1 for 4 in a 10-1 game” way, or in a “I hit a homer when the team was up by 8 runs” way) or you’re a reason for the loss, you get graded.

    I will say that it does factor in expectations. For example, last night I gave Morgan and Sanchez negative points for going 0-4. I didn’t give Jaramillo a negative point because it’s a bigger impact if your leadoff and second batter go 0-4, compared to batters later in the lineup.

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