MLB: MVP vote sparks controversy after leaving Salvador Pérez in seventh place

The most important MLB awards were already delivered this week, with the MVP being the most prestigious and expected of the season, after several historical seasons were in the shortlist of the award. However, as usual with these awards, there were quite controversial after Bryce Harper and Shohei Ohtani were elected winners of the National and the American respectively, leaving aside the also immense seasons of other nominees such as the Dominicans Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

However, the biggest surprise of perhaps the entire voting process was the disdain that voters made towards the Venezuelan of the Kansas City Royals, Salvador Pérez, who came in a distant seventh place, behind Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa and José. Ramírez, who were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Pérez only received 103 points in his candidacy, with only three votes to top 3 and three to fourth place, despite finishing the 2021 MLB season as the leader of home runs and RBIs, with 48 homers and 121 RBIs, having two thirds of the Triple Crown in his pocket, also being third in LA total bases with 337, behind only Semien and Guerrero Jr.

In addition, his season was a record for becoming the catcher with the most home runs in a single year, surpassing the Hall of Fame record Johny Bench, who hit 45 in the 1970 season.

However, despite the power of Salvador Pérez, perhaps voters saw in his analytics a player who was not worth as much as the Correa or Judge examples, since Pérez’s WAR was 5.3, 10th in the American League, in addition of not making the OPS + top 10 and ranking 36th on wOBA according to FanGraphs.

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Gabriel Delgado

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MLB: MVP vote sparks controversy after leaving Salvador Pérez in seventh place