Sunday, January 30, 2011

Two unlikely looking MVP's.

Jim Konstanty &
Denny McLain

Konstanty seems to have been a questionable choice for MVP in 1950, it could be argued that he wasn't even the best pitcher on his own team. He started and lost game one of the series, despite pitching very well. He then blew a save in game 3, and pitched 6+ innings in  relief in game 4, giving up 3 runs. Sadly the Phils got swept 4-0 by the big bad Yankees.

McLain swept the voting, getting all the first place MVP votes and all the Cy Young votes. In 1969 McLain shared the Cy with Mike Cuellar, although he did get more MVP votes than Mike. Who'd have thought then that he wouldn't pitch past 1972, when he was only 28?

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