Sorry Casey McGehee, but the Milwaukee baseball writers are stupid morons

The Milwaukee chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America cast their votes and selected their award winners for the 2010 season. It was no surprise that Yovani Gallardo won the Brewers pitcher of the year award and that John Axford was awarded the "newcomer of the year". I mean, who were people supposed to vote for? There was a slight upset when Trevor Hoffman took down incumbent Craig Counsell for the "Good Guy of the year award". He'll receive a write-up in the JS upon his release and a wanking motion when I read it for the award. The real travesty took place when Anthony Witrado was born in the Brewers team MVP voting. Here's how that went down.

(1st place votes are worth five points, three for second and one for third.)

NAME 1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Casey McGehee 3 1 1 19
Weeks 1 3 2 16
Hart 2 1 1 14
Braun 0 1 0 3
Fielder 0 0 2 2

(I had to do some guessing on the voting, but this is the way math worked based on my calculations. If I'm wrong feel free to correct me.)

I don't want to become all "I'm on the internet and I have blog, look at these advanced stats that prove how wrong this is!" guy because then I'd have to kick my own ass, but seriously Casey McGehee is probably the fifth best player on this team and he doesn't deserve this award. Let's look how he stacks up against the other Brewers and you can judge for yourself.

By OPS, a rather simple stat that adds together times on base and slugging percentage.

Prince Fielder .871
Ryan Braun .866
Corey Hart .865
Rickie Weeks .830
Casey McGehee .801

Casey McGehee comes in fifth.

Now if you go by WAR which stands for Wins Above Replacement and is complicated to figure out (I assume), but is meant to be a better judge of value because it includes everything like steals and defense as well as hitting and pitching, the rankings go like this.

Rickie Weeks 6.1
Yovani Gallardo 5.1
Ryan Braun 4.2
Prince Fielder 4.1
Casey McGehee 3.5
Corey Hart 3.4

Again, Casey McGehee is fifth.

But all those crazy math statistics are stupid. How about homeruns? That's what really matters. The long ball, the four bagger, that's what puts butts in the seats. Chicks dig the long ball, that's what Bret Boone told me.

Prince Fielder 32
Corey Hart 31
Rickie Weeks 29
Ryan Braun 25
Casey McGehee 23

Huh. Runs?

Rickie Weeks 112
Ryan Braun 101
Prince Fielder 94
Corey Hart 91
Casey McGehee 70

Batting Average?

Ryan Braun .304
Casey McGehee .285
Corey Hart .283
Rickie Weeks .269
Prince Fielder .261

Hey, we're getting closer. He's got to lead the team in something. What about RBIs? It's gotta be RBIs.

Casey McGehee 104
Ryan Braun 103
Corey Hart 102
Rickie Weeks 83
Prince Fielder 83

DING DING DING DING!!!

It's kind of shameful that in this day and age with all the information that we could ever dream of to evaluate a baseball player at our fingertips (for FREE) that six baseball writers would vote this way. The RBI is king in Milwaukee, long live the RBI.

Honestly, what's more egregious here: Casey winning this award or Braun and Fielder only receiving one vote apiece? Ryan Braun suffered the worst slump of his career this year and still batted nearly 20 points higher than Casey and hit more homeruns than him. Prince Fielder was considered to have an "off year", but he still lead the team in OPS and homeruns. It's ridiculous. It's ridiculously bad analysis. So who do we blame for this?

Well, for those of you remember last year's awards I had a quick tangent about the Milwaukee chapter of the BBWAA and someone was nice enough to email me the list. Here they are in all their stupid glory.

JS - Tom Haudricort (chapter president)
JS - Anthony Witrado
JS - Michael Hunt
JS - Garry Howard
JS - Don Walker
JS - Bill Windler
AP - Colin Fly
AP - Chris Jenkins

State Journal - Adam Mertz
State Journal - Dennis Semrau
Racine Journal-Times - Susan Shemanske

I crossed out the AP guys because they aren't allowed to vote for any awards. That leaves us with nine people, but there were only six votes placed. Is it too much of a stretch to imagine that the six voters were the six accredited Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writers? I don't think so and that's why I will say this:

Dear Milwaukee Journal Sentinel owners, managers and editors,

Your baseball writing department is broken. Seriously, it is the worst thing going today. Your head writer spends the entire season bitching on twitter about how long the games are, basically saying he hates his job, which would be okay if he delivered the goods in his writing, story breaking or any other thing a reporter does, but he doesn't. The other beat writer you employ may be retarded and I mean that in the meanest, most politically incorrect way possible. That guy should wear a helmet. Based on the latest awards voting members of your paper participated in, the other four people who are considered baseball writers have demonstrated an inability to analyze baseball in a meaningful way and also suck at their lives and jobs. Again, as Anthony Witrado would say "you're baseball writing department is broke."

Don't try to fix it. Don't try to change these people. Just blow it up. Fire everybody.

Have you ever heard of the infinite monkey theorem? It's this cool theory that states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.

Pretty cool, right? Yeah. Stop trying to prove they can write about baseball.

Vince Morales is the guy who runs this site. He likes the Milwaukee Brewers, pro wrestling and beer. If he offended you he is very, very sorry.

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20 comments on “Sorry Casey McGehee, but the Milwaukee baseball writers are stupid morons

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Did McGehee lead the Brewers in walk off hits this year, at least?

  2. Anonymous on said:

    Haudricourt and Witardo are the biggest morons to ever write about baseball. Hunt is occasionally interesting but not very bright. I don’t think the others actually write articles, so they probably just copy/paste AP articles into adobe pagemaker or something.

  3. Anonymous on said:

    They work at a newsPAPER!!! They are oblivious to the simple fact that it is a dead medium (or just too bad to get another gig?) so it is not a stretch to think they have no idea what they are talking about. Hunts only job is to create controversy, so I would discount that on his vote being an honest evaluation and you already know about (and have pointed out) the problems with Witrado…

    While I agree with your assessment about Casey, I am just glad we don’t have “smiling” Billy Hall at third anymore… or center or wherever else he was athletic enough to play!

  4. Anonymous on said:

    The reason Ryan Braun didn’t rate higher is because of inflated expectations. Next year it will be the same thing with McGehee.

  5. Anonymous on said:

    Considering the number of times Prince walked, McGehee should have had twice as many RBI. Fail.

  6. Anonymous on said:

    Give it up for McGehee, the most offensively productive Brewers third baseman since…. oh, what’s that other guy’s name? Ryan Braun.

  7. Anonymous on said:

    Braun and Fielder were clubhouse distractions this year, you can easily tell as much from Macha’s exit interview. Fielder because of his contract and Braun because he’s a know-it-all douche who is too busy designing t-shirts, changing out the napkin color at his restaurant and complaining about shadows to do anything good on the field… i do agree that mcghee wasn’t deserving of team mvp but i surely don’t think it should have been braun or fielder.

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  10. Anonymous on said:

    Word DOG!
    McGehee is BEAST! That’s Right! (performing suck it motion)
    My boiz Tony and Tommy be layin down some sweet wordin at cha!
    Ya’ll joanzin for dem ta come back when dey be wordin for espn!

  11. SconnieGirl808 on said:

    “. . . be layin down some sweet wordin at cha!” I NEED to find a way to work that phrase into a work document of mine at some point.

    And chicks totally do dig the long ball.

  12. CountyStadiumDrunk on said:

    God do I hate that wanker Joe Buck. I mean as long as we are whining about stuff.

  13. Anonymous on said:

    “The other beat writer you employ may be retarded and I mean that in the meanest, most politically incorrect way possible. That guy should wear a helmet” — i literally just peed my pants thank you.

    i cannot STAND Haudricort though… everyday i read his ish i want to kick him in the balls.

  14. Anonymous on said:

    holy sheep s–t. Rickie finally gets to play almost a whole season, plays like we all know he can, and Casey (former cub, but I love him anyway) gets the nod. BS. JS is a joke. I live in Richmond, VA and our paper is in the same kind of “detached” mode of sports reporting…

  15. Anonymous on said:

    oh, and Haudricourt ruined many a cup of coffee for me in years past. bitter taste of ignorance…

  16. Anonymous on said:

    So out of all the voters, Tom and Witrado are the only ones who even cover the Brewers. One hates life; the other hates the Brewers.

    Am I right to say that

    1. There are only a few newspapers left that can afford to have any talent in their sport department.

    2. Perhaps half of those don’t allow their writers to vote on awards.\

    So we have the worst of the worst voting for these silly awards?

  17. CountyStadiumDrunk on said:

    Christ on a crutch I just realized that pud Joe Buck will be announcing the Series.

  18. Anonymous on said:

    you guys just hate witrado so much bc he hates the brewers and he isn’t a super fan like tom is

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