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  1. Catchers also play fewer games, which gets counted against them generally.

    Comment by Bill — July 15, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

  2. I don’t get it. There are nine player positions (let’s ignore the fact that there are multiple pitchers in a game). In 49 all-star games, all things being equal, you’d expect 5.4 catchers to win the MVP. There have been 5. That’s not a huge difference is it? Am I missing something?

    Comment by Tony — July 15, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

  3. This was my immediate thought

    Comment by filihok — July 15, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

  4. Other positions tend to be a lot more fungible. Corner outfielders are pretty interchangeable at the All-Star Game, and the same is true of centerfielders and middle infielders to some extent. Catchers and pitchers are really the only players on the All-Star field who can’t be moved around.

    Comment by Alex Remington — July 15, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

  5. Huh? I don’t get what your argument. There are still 9 players on the field at any given time. Just because players are frequently moved to other positions in an all-star game doesn’t mean they’re playing more than one position at a time.

    Comment by Tony — July 15, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

  6. “In the last 50 years, five catchers have won the MVP”

    Have you ever counted the number of players on the field? 5 of 50 seems perfectly represented to me. Considering how much less playing time they get than other positions, they may even be overrepresented.

    Comment by Rich Conley — July 15, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

  7. “I don’t get your argument” is what that was supposed to say.

    Comment by Tony — July 15, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

  8. There are three times as many outfielders voted in by fans, not to mention the reserve roster chosen by the players and managers. Outfielders are three times as likely to win the All-Star MVP as catchers. Because outfielders are fungible at the game, a natural right fielder has a better chance of getting into the game — and winning the MVP — because there are three different slots he can aim for.

    Anyway, it seemed interesting to me, as a trend. Maybe it isn’t.

    Comment by Alex Remington — July 15, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

  9. It’s 5 of 100, isn’t it? One MVP each year for each league. I suppose it’s really 6 of 100 since Bench repeated.

    Comment by matt w — July 15, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  10. Yeah, you’re right, but considering how catchers usually only play about 130 games a year, and as a whole are terrible offensively, I don’t think its a problem.

    How do the numbers look for Shortstops?

    Comment by Rich — July 15, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

  11. mike piazza could have won the award in 1997 and no one would have been upset. personally, i think he should have, but he was already my favorite player at the time so i am biased

    Comment by Astromets — July 16, 2010 @ 1:27 am

  12. for SS, Jimmy Rollins and ARod come to mind

    Comment by Astromets — July 16, 2010 @ 1:28 am

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