Weeks Removed: Was Kate Upton right? A social commentary.

As many people have heard in the baseball world, Kate Upton shook up the baseball scene when she remarked that her husband, Justin Verlander, was wrongfully passed over for the Cy Young Award. She said this in much more – not so friendly to post words, but I think you get the picture (google search at your own discretion).

Essentially, Justin Verlander received many more first place votes from the voting committee than the second place vote getter and eventual winner Rick Porcello of the Red Sox. Now not to take anything away from Porcello, but Upton may have a good point here.

The Baseball Writers Association of America, which votes on MLB’s awards…did not have Verlander as one of their finalists on their ballots. Of course the ballots wouldn’t be falsified, but why was Verlander left out of consideration? Surely his seasons body of work was more than enough to prove – at least one would hope.

Clearly many people voted for Verlander outright, it shows in the balloting results. Period.

So why then did the Baseball Writers Association of America disagree? Should we put faith in writers to make the right choice? Clearly they have covered baseball more than an average fan…the whole spectrum of the game should be in their eyes.

Justin may have not been hailed by the Writers Association, but he should very well have won and I believe Upton’s case of defense to be valid.

Not to mention…maybe the voting points are flawed?




Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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