Outside of one week in November and Hall of Fame class announcements in January, the Baseball Writers' Association of America isn't talked about much. Sure, we read the columns and tweets of individual members on a daily basis, especially during the heart of the regular season, but their job isn't critiqued like the actual athletes.
This week, however, the individual members of the BBWAA, including Bleacher Report's Will Carroll, are placed in the spotlight as Major League Baseball unveils the award winners for the 2013 season. With the announcement of the AL and NL MVP selections complete, the full list of major award-winning individuals is finished.
Now, the fun part begins.
Years from now, baseball fans will look back upon the voting with expanded vision, enlightened by a new statistic and progressive lenses with which to view great performances on the field. For now, we have the criteria used by the current members of the BBWAA.
So, were the eight selections correct? Did the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote for the right men to take home the hardware?
Without further ado, an attempt to grade the graders. Here's how the 2013 MLB award selections should be viewed.
All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference, unless otherwise noted.