Yes, Clayton Kershaw’s MVP Award Only Furthers Extent To Which Pedro Martinez Got Robbed

November 14, 2014 10:40 PM
Yes, Clayton Kershaw’s MVP Award Only Furthers Extent To Which Pedro Martinez Got Robbed
" BOSTON (CBS) — In case you missed it, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was named the Most Valuable Player of the National League on Thursday evening. Kershaw, still just 26 years old, is obviously a transcendent talent, and he is without question worthy of winning the award.

Yet because this is the sport of baseball, where people tend to have the least diverse and least innovative ideas in the world, the debate lives on: Should a pitcher really be able to win the MVP?

The short answer is simple: Yes. Don’t be a dummy. There’s no more crucial element to the sport of baseball than pitching, and when you’re absolutely dominant on the mound, you are impacting the game in a way nobody else can. So yes. Duh. Of course. The Dodgers went 23-4 in games when Kershaw started, good for an .851 winning percentage, and they went 71-64 in games he did not, which is just a .526 winning percentage. The guy’s good, OK? He deserved the award. Winning the Cy Young should not preclude him from doing so "

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