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Carney Lansford is My Daddy

So our (former) star finished sixth in the NL MVP balloting, picking up a third-place vote. But he didn't garner a first-place vote, and as such he cannot be considered a Bizarro MVP.

What's a Bizarro MVP? Thanks for asking! Basically, it's . . . nah, it would be easier if I just linked to this article I wrote for the Baseball Digest Daily website that discusses the topic. I hope you'll find it a fun little diversion and agree with my that, indeed, Carney Lansford is the Ultimate Bizarro forever and ever.

PS: All tiny little errors in the article---for as long as they're there---are products of my less than eagle eye.

Update [2006-11-22 0:21:22 by Basil]: There's some Bizarro MVP-related chatter at this Baseball Primer. According to a poster:

The late (and well-regarded) Vern Plagenhoef of the Booth Newspapers in Michigan voted Lansford No. 1. In addition, Tracy Ringolsby wrote an advance column that named Lansford as one of 11 A.L. players who might get a first-place vote, so it didn't come completely out of the blue.

Okay, maybe not completely . . .

Update [2006-11-22 0:21:22 by Basil]: The AL MVP voting reveals a Bizarro MVP candidate: 1st, Morneau, MIN (15 first-place votes); 2nd, Jeter, NYY (12): {. . .} 7th, Santana, MIN (1).

I'm not entirely certain Santana qualifies as a Bizarro MVP. He won the Cy Young Award going away and had a great case for being more valuable than his teammate Morneau, the actual MVP winner. This is why Bizarro MVP is a reflective exercise: to allow time and context to obscure the reasons for a lonely first-place vote.