Sarris: Awards season from the players’ perspective

From SABR member Eno Sarris at on September 29, 2014:

The end of the season means it’s time for the playoffs, of course. But it also means that it’s time to vote on awards that reward regular-season work. The players also vote on awards — and since they’re voting on their peers, they have a unique perspective on the exercise.

The players vote on something called the Players Choice Awards. And since I’m tasked with voting for the Player of the Year at FanGraphs, I thought it would make sense to ask the players for advice.

I asked two questions of a wide variety of players. The first was about their general process in deciding on their vote. I wanted to know what stats they looked at and how they made their decision. The second was whether they thought a starting pitcher could rival a position player as the best player in baseball. 

Let’s take the questions, one at a time, and see what the players said.

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Originally published: October 1, 2014. Last Updated: October 1, 2014.