With the MLB playoffs in full-swing, baseball's award season is just around the corner. Though there are a few thrilling weeks of baseball to be played, it never hurts to look ahead at possible contenders for the major awards that will be handed out at the conclusion of the playoffs.
Of course, with any vote will come disagreement, and along with it, the perception of potentially deserving candidates being snubbed by the electorate.
We witness this every year in baseball, midway through the season when the All-Star selections are announced, and then again once the playoffs conclude and the awards are handed out.
There are always accusations of bias toward particular markets, disagreement over the election process and debates over the credibility of whomever was responsible for specific votes.
The fans get lambasted for blatant bias toward their hometown players, as do the coaches and managers that round out the All-Star selection process. Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America get especially raked over the coals each year, as fans, bloggers and various talking heads take them to task over their selections for the postseason awards.
Most of the time, though there will be discontent, the winners are usually accompanied by some degree of reasonable justification. Without a clearly defined meaning of what some of the awards are meant to represent, there will always be those who feel the writers have gotten it all wrong.
This is especially true in the race for the "most valuable" player award. Everyone has their own idea of what the award means, so the selection process remains highly subjective, and thus, open to interpretation. Is it the player that produces the most impressive statistical season? Must the honoree play for a postseason-bound club?
What about pitchers? They have won their fair share of MVP awards, but is it reasonable to anoint a player "most valuable" if he only contributes once every five games?
With that in mind, let's take a look at a few of the most egregious snubs in Major League Baseball's MVP Award voting history.