As luck would have it, I was actually a member of the last completed season of Champions before the mass exodus so I have a (tiny) bit of historical data on the world. What I do have is enough to provide an example of one of the more popular segments from the blogs that I run in my other worlds: the Awards Snubs. The idea is pretty simple: I use the Wins Above Replacement statistic to analyze the season that each candidate for the various awards had to determine if the most deserving guy won or if someone got “snubbed.” The following data is from S22 here in Champions:
Actual Winner: Kevin Burke (7.64 WAR)
Did anyone get Snubbed? Yes; of the five candidates, Seelbach had the best season, but he did not end up with the MVP award.
Who did I vote for? I honestly don’t remember, but I usually let the WAR totals guide my ballot. However, I have refined my WAR calculations since then and the totals I came up with previously have Burke coming out on top rather than Seelbach so it was probably him. For what it’s worth, the WAR totals above are much more accurate as they take each hitter’s home park into account.
Actual Winner: Pedro Coronado (10.01 WAR)
Did anyone get Snubbed? The updated numbers suggest that a snub did not actually occur in this category.
Who did I vote for? As I hinted at above, the preliminary round of WAR totals actually had Stone running away with this award so I cast my vote for him I believe. Between adjusting for the parks and not adjusting for certain positions quite as much, Stone’s total dropped from 11.07 in the first number-crunch to 8.68 while Coronado saw his total go from 7.02 to just over 10 and the lead.
AL Cy Young
Actual Winner: Bret Sewell (5.66 WAR)
Did anyone get Snubbed? Yes; O’Malley out-performed the field by 2.01 WAR or more but went home empty handed.
Who did I vote for? If I stayed true to my voting pattern, O’Malley’s name showed up on my ballot even though it was closer in terms of WAR the first time.
NL Cy Young
Actual Winner: Valerio Park (3.54 WAR)
Did anyone get Snubbed? Yes; Sierra’s season was worth 2.07 more WAR than any of the other five candidates, but Park went home with the hardware. Those numbers take batting, pitching and fielding all into account, though, so if you go strictly by pitching WAR Sierra’s lead is more like 1.4 WAR rather than a little over 2 WAR.
Who did I vote for? Probably Sierra…my initial numbers had him with the highest WAR as well, although it was much closer (he only beat out Park by about half a win that time around.)
AL Rookie of the Year
Actual Winner: Bryant Pierce (6.99 WAR)
Did anyone get Snubbed? No, looks like the voters got it right on this one.
Who did I vote for? Almost certainly Pierce…he had a pretty good argument for the MVP award as a rookie. When you can say that, you deserve to win something and none of the other candidates were that close. The second highest WAR total (Woodson) was just over 2 full wins behind.
NL Rookie of the Year
Actual Winner: Kent Dietrich (3.17 WAR)
Did anyone get Snubbed? It was a close one, but there wasn’t a snub here.
Who did I vote for? The initial numbers where high on Chong, so I most likely went for him in the voting process. It’s also worth noting here that Dietrich’s defense was poor enough last season that in my first round of WAR calculations he ended up with a negative total…and then once I factored parks in, he jumped all the way to the front of the line.