John McCain is mad as hell.
Is he mad as hell about the Obamacare train wreck?
Is he mad as hell about the Obama Administration’s efforts to let Iran obtain a nuclear bomb?
So what has got the 2008 GOP presidential nominee so steamed?
McCain is mad as hell because Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt didn’t win the National League MVP. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) almost unanimously voted for Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen. The vote was taken in October, but the results were not announced until yesterday.
Specifically, McCain is ticked with Arizona Republic baseball writer Nick Piecoro. McCain took to Twitter and wrote, “Hard to believe anyone wouldn’t vote for one of AZ’s finest.” McCain provided the link to Piecoro’s article which explained his vote. Apparently McCain wasn’t buying it.
Well, Piecoro actually did vote for Goldschmidt. Piecoro was one of 15 baseball writers who gave Goldschmidt a second place vote. McCutchen receive 28 of the 30 first place votes while St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina earned the other two top votes.
There’s no question Goldschmidt had a MVP caliber season. Goldschmidt led the NL in HRs (36) and RBI (125) as well as SLG (.551) and OPS (.952). However, the Diamondbacks had a .500 record finishing 11 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. On the other hand, the Pirates had their first winning campaign since 1992 en route to the NL Central title. Granted, most of McCutchen’s offensive stats (.317 BA, .404 OBP, 21 HR, 84 RBI and 27 SB) weren’t as good as Goldschmidt’s, but McCutchen was the Bucs’ undisputed on-field leader and very likely would not have reached the post-season without him.
Nevertheless, there is a case to be made for Goldschmidt. In 2006, the BBWAA picked Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard over then Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols despite the fact the Phillies finished 12 games back of the New York Mets in the NL East while the Cardinals won the NL Central and went on to the World Series. Like Goldschmidt, Howard led the NL in HRs and RBIs.
But McCain is objecting to Piecoro’s vote because he didn’t cast his ballot for the hometown guy. This is just silly. Virtually none of the BBWAA members cast their first place vote for a player on their hometown team. Piecoro is choosing the NL MVP, not his U.S. Senator.