As the MLB awards are given out after the conclusion of the playoffs every season, there are surprises every few years. Over the past 20 years, a number of players that deserved to win MLB awards have been snubbed.
There are a number of reasons that these players did not come home with the hardware that they truly earned during the regular season. Some times it is because a player was not completely in one or two of the major counting categories, such as wins for pitchers. In other cases, it is because the writers were not big fans of the player and docked votes accordingly. Additionally, there are other cases which are just simply harder to explain.
One of the other reasons that players get snubbed is because there is no official guideline as to how to vote for the MVP. It can be interpreted as the most outstanding player in the league that season or it could also be viewed as a dominant player that led his team to the postseason. This distinction should become very clear in the following slides.
Whatever the reason, it is apparent that the voters do not always make the best selection when it comes to MLB awards.
Note: bWAR totals from Baseball-Reference