With the end of the baseball season right around the corner, it's time for award season.
Which also means it's time for the fans of West Coast teams to complain their teams get no respect in the national media because they're too concerned with the Eastern Seaboard teams. A good example might be the AL MVP Award, where there's a groundswell of support among many West Coast fans for Kendry Morales.
Derek Jeter's also getting quite a bit of support, and many West Coast fans dismiss this notion as typical Eastern Bias when it comes to award season.
Guess what West Coast fans? You're wrong and the numbers prove it.
Since 1994 came along and the divisions were realigned, Major League Baseball has handed out 121 Cy Young Awards, MVP Awards, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year awards.
Of those 121 awards (121 since the 1996 AL Manager of the year was a tie)
46 of those were won by players and managers from Western Division teams.
41 were won by players/managers from Eastern Division teams.
34 were won by players/managers from Central Division teams.
But let's not let pesky things like facts get in our way right? Let's all band together and complain. It's a lot easier than looking at numbers.
Look, I'm not saying the media doesn't have biases. They do. We know that. And yes, we're all aware where ESPN is located.
But you know what, West Coast fans? When you look at the numbers, you're not being ignored. You're not the victim of some vast media conspiracy to anoint the Yankees and Red Sox the Grand Champions of the World. You've been represented on the award podium better than any other division.
Sure, maybe the Yanks and Sox get more games on national television. Maybe they get higher placement on Baseball Tonight. And yes, that probably sucks.
But that doesn't translate to award season. So quit acting like it does. It could be worse.
You could root for a team from the Central.