Last night, the American League and National League MVP Awards were handed out (Aaron Judge and Paul Goldschmidt, respectively), ending MLB’s week-long parade following the World Series celebrating the 2022 season. While the MVP and Cy Young Awards are great, they don’t pay any homage to the hard workers of MLB, the athletes who make the baseball cogs turn year in and year out. For every Aaron Judge, there’s a player just trudging their way through the MLB season, barely staying in the Big Leagues by the hair on their chinny-chin-chins. I’m talking about the players who aren’t as gifted as the All-Stars of the MLB world, and thus, must find another way to prove their value to their squads. Hopefully, these Deadspin awards can shine a light on some of those unsung heroes.
SIDE NOTE: Some of these ideas are products of Foolish Bailey’s recent video detailing his thoughts on the MLB awards, but I figured I would go in a little deeper and add a few of my own.