Sep 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a double during the tenth inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Yoenis Cespedes for American League Rookie of the Year

No one is talking about the American League Rookie of the Year race and this is a gross injustice that needs to be rectified. All I’ve been hearing about lately is the AL MVP. Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, blah blah blah. Everyone seems to be taking for granted that just because Mike Trout is getting some (largely undeserved) MVP buzz, that this automatically makes him the undisputed AL Rookie of the Year, end of discussion. End of discussion? There needs to be a discussion! There is no such thing as a sure things in sports (or sports writing). There must always be two options, and we must consider both options and give them equal weight because that is what’s fair and right (and controversial). In this spirit, I present to you the Oakland Athletics’s Yoenis Cespedes (American League Rookie of the Year).

As of this writing, Cespedes has one less RBI than Trout, and yet he’s played in ten less games. It doesn’t take a math scientist to extrapolate and concur that indeed, Cespedes just knows how to drive in runs, while his competitor is less skilled in that regard. The last time I checked, it’s runs that win baseball games, and Cespedes is a master at driving those runs in. Anyone can score runs—it takes a real master with the heart of a champion in order to produce them.

Trout supporters like to trot out all this WAR malarkey when supporting their case in his favor. Let’s break down that atrocious acronym, shall we? WAR: Wins Above Replacement. The first word of this statistic is “Wins,” so at least these poindexters got one thing right with their balderdash. Wins are what matter here, right? I think we can all agree on that, and a quick look at the standings shows that the Oakland Athletics have won more games than the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the State of California and the Country the United States of America. 10 WAR vs. 3 WAR? I don’t understand a word that you just said. Four games ahead in the standings and playoff bound? Now that’s some math I can get behind.

So while we can argue around in circles all day over vague nonsense like “WAR” and “OPS+” and “UZR” and “BB%” and “Defense” and “Baserunning”—you know, a bunch of non-traditional hokum—I’d much rather get right down to what really matters, driving in runs and winning baseball games. I’m telling you, those are the only statistics that matter and the only statistics that support my argument and so that’s very convenient for me. My longstanding beliefs remain sound and unquestionable. Yoenis Cespedes for American League Rookie of the Year: Because RBIs and Team Wins and This Baseball Writer Says So, Damnit.

Kyle writes baseball nonsense at The Trance of Waiting. You can follow him on Twitter @AgainstKyle.


Tags: Mike Trout Oakland Athletics Rookie Of The Year Yoenis Cespedes

  • David Ward

    Kyle, what is the difference between a three run home run and a one run home run? The difference is that two players who ARE NOT the batter got on base before the home run. RBIs are a team-based statistic. Anyone who can comprehend what RBIs stands for knows that a player’s skill is secondary to that of his teammates when calculating RBIs.
    The second flaw in your argument is the use of team wins to justify Cespedes as Rookie of the Year. A TEAM wins a game when the TEAM of 25 players scores more runs than the other TEAM of 25 players. By citing team wins, you are arguing that Cespedes is the ONLY person to play for Oakland this year. If you find this confusing, please consult your local elementary school for first graders that can define team for you.
    Do you dismiss sabermetrics because you are afraid of numbers or because you are too lazy to google the statistic to find out what it means, you know, like RBIs stand for Runs Batted In?

    • Kyle Davis

      David, the failure here is of course all mine, but this piece was meant to be satirical. I love Mike Trout more than is advisable.

      • ultimetwarrior

        No the failure is David’s. This is clearly satire.

      • David Ward

        I sincerely apologize if this piece was truly satirical. This is the first time I have visited this web site. I have just had it with the non-statistical arguments proposed in favor of Cabrera winning the MVP over Trout that I wasn’t thinking straight or caring enough about not making a fool out of myself that I didn’t read your earlier articles to determine if this was a joke article. I sincerely apologize for my rash and hastily formed comments.

        • Kyle Davis

          No worries whatsoever, David. Goes with the territory of being a smartass on the Internet.

  • caesar

    Two words, moron~Leadoff Hitter. Put him in the 3 slot and he blows Cespedes away on the R.B.I stats.

    • Kyle Davis