UNC Tar Heels 2009 National Champions 5 time NCAA Champs
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Only Sale did more than anyone else, but in a game without any exceptional performance, why not? I can assure you that that's who the players on both teams would have voted for.
When nobody stands out....yes
Personally, I thought Chris Sale was the most impressive player given his opportunity.
The award is so irrelevant that I couldn't care less who it is given to or why. That it was used as a way to give Mo' a memorable send off is just fine with me.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
I really don't have a problem with Rivera getting the ASMVP award at all. The game itself was rather dull and lacked a true standout performance by anyone. However, out of all the pitchers who performed so well, Mo is the only one that's been doing it for 20 years in a legendary career. That counts for something and sets him apart from the rest of the pack.