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July 22, 2014

BP Unfiltered

Your Team MVP Bingo Ballot

by Sam Miller


Over at Fox Sports' Just A Bit Outside, I wrote a piece today on Team MVPs—not just those semi-official things that BBWAA chapters hand out, but the wholly unofficial "So'n So is Our MVP" claims that managers, players and beat writers will sometimes make. It is, I argue in the piece, the most chaotic and desperate circle of baseball debate, but it also has a long history and a certain consistency to it. I broke down the six and a half categories of Team MVP rebellion.

So who will be this year's shock Team MVPs? The Mike Gallego or Mike Remlinger of 2014? The otherwise unheralded player whose manager, on the record, says is more valuable than the 6-WARP player batting four spots higher in the same lineup? Well, here's your Bingo card. Let's see how many we can strike off by the end of the year.

We've already got Josh Harrison crossed off. Eyeballing it, it looks to me like the best route would be straight down in the "I" column. Markakis has gotten "Our MVP" love on Orioles message boards, and his manager pushed him as an unorthodox All-Star candidate; Suzuki fills the catcher, veteran and unexpected surprise categories of Team MVPs; Holt arguably is the Red Sox' team MVP this year, though I don't suppose that's likely to hold, personally. Despaigne is the toughest one, partly because the Padres haven't done enough to even merit "Our MVP" talk. But he came out of nowhere and settled down a rotation. Could happen.

The diagonal journey southeast would be my pick but for the Mike Trout factor. Left-to-right is okay, but there are way too many "Our MVP" types on Oakland to bet on any one, and Dominguez doesn't quite feel right. (Nobody on Houston does except Altuve, who is too truly great to qualify for this Bingo board.) Maybe the N and G columns going down.

There are, incidentally, no Rangers on this Bingo board. You go to your room and think about what you've done, Rangers.

Update: Doggone it, a missed opportunity. This is why I should have made more Bingo cards.

Sam Miller is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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BP staff member Matt Sussman
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Paul Konerko will have to explain to everyone else on this card what bingo is

Jul 22, 2014 10:19 AM
 
StefanAFrisch

LOL

Jul 22, 2014 10:33 AM
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mattofaction

Dang, no free space, even? What kind of a bingo racket is this?

Jul 22, 2014 10:51 AM
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Shaun P.
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Harrison should have gone in the middle as the free space, since we already know he's crossed off.

Jul 22, 2014 12:06 PM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
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Promise my next Bingo will be better. Made some real first-timer mistakes here.

Jul 22, 2014 13:59 PM
 
adam

This bingo card was made for Anthony Rendon!

Jul 23, 2014 14:52 PM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
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Rendon was almost on it, because the Nationals have been talking him up as their team MVP already, except that (depending on your web site) he arguably has been the team's MVP this year. Same goes for Kinsler and the Tigers.

Jul 23, 2014 15:12 PM
 
Dodger300

No Dee Gordon?

Jul 26, 2014 18:09 PM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
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True story, I came up with 29, one for every team but the Rangers, but of course a bingo board has only 25 squares so four teams were randomly excluded. Dee Gordon was to be the Dodger square.

Jul 26, 2014 18:38 PM
 
Dodger300

Great minds think alike.

Jul 27, 2014 00:24 AM
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