Monday marks the beginning of baseball's official Awards Week, Well, it's more like a week and a day, but really, who needs to be precise when talking about baseball awards?
The Baseball Writers Association of America kicks off the week with the winners of the National League and American League Rookie of the Year Awards. Tuesday follows with the American League Cy Young. Then there are several days of technical and lifetime achievement awards and .... Sorry, wrong awards show. We'll return to that theme in a bit. For the official schedule, click here.
Last week, SB Nation's baseball writers chimed in with their award winners. While the comments reflected general approval, you could feel the "my guy got snubbed" alert moving from green to yellow. After Monday's Rookies of the Year announcement, that alert will undoubtedly be at orange, particularly for American League fans. (Craig Kimbrel seems a look for National League ROY).
Before things get out of hand (I'm looking at you Ryan Braun fans), let's all take a deep breath and remember some of the worst award snubs in the history of the world.
Between 1954 and 1966, Mays led the National League in WAR ten times but won the National League MVP Award just twice, in 1954 and 1965. Yes, I understand that the concept of WAR had yet been invented, but two MVPs for Willie Mays? Really? Yes, I know Ernie Banks and Frank Robinson and Roy Campenella deserved MVP awards, too. But Ken Boyer over Willie in 1964? Willie walked more, struck out less, had a higher batting, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and stole 16 more bases. What did Boyer have? Three more RBI. 'Nuff said.
Everyone who played in the American League in 1992 and 1984
Well, not everyone, but those pitchers and positions players who deserved either the American League Cy Young or MVP Awards more than Dennis Eckersley, who won both awards in 1992, and Willie Hernandez, who won both awards in 1984. Eckersley and Hernandez were each closers in the year they snagged both awards and pitched well but . . . .
William H. Macy and Fargo
The Academy Award for Best Picture of 1996 went to The English Patient. Which is pretty amazing when you realize that most movie viewers and critics fell asleep or ran some errands during the film. Yes, the film was standard Oscar fare, with an overwrought love story and beautiful landscapes, but that's no excuse for snubbing Fargo, the brilliant, satirical and wryly funny film by the Coen brothers. Supporting actor William H. Macy's superb performance in Fargo was also snubbed by Cuba "Show Me The Money" Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire.
(For a similar take on The English Patient, here's Elaine Benes.)
Every film released in 1997
Titanic, the film by and about James Cameron's ego, won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1997. That is all.
I know the Grammy Awards have always been pretty irrelevant but there is no excuse for Elvis Costello losing the 1978 Grammy for Best New Artist to Taste of Honey. For those of you too young to remember 1978, here is Taste of Honey singing their breakout hit Boogie Oggie Oggie at the Grammy Awards that year.
Parks and Recreation
Yes, I'm playing to the baseball-nerd masses with this one, but that doesn't make the point any less valid. Since its premiere in 2009, neither Parks and Recreation nor any of its writers, directors or actors has won an Emmy Award. It's especially egregious in light of the multiple Emmy Awards for Big Bang Theory, which baseball nerds hadn't even heard of until the incessant and annoying commercials for the show on TBS during the postseason.
So when the BBWWA Awards are rolled out next week, hold the indignation about your favorite player who lost. Consider whether your favorite player compared in any way to these incredibly talented people who didn't receive their due rewards.
And instead of writing nasty comments on Twitter or in blog comments, do something constructive with your disappointment. Do whatever you can to hijack the 2012 People's Choice Awards by going here and voting early and often. If your favorite baseball player is going to get snubbed, at least he can be in good company with Robert Pattinson.