Evan Grant, Poor Guy

Poor Evan Grant, columnist for the Dallas Morning News.  Grant has admitted making a mistake in leaving Pedroia off his MVP ballot.

From Boston.com:

"I think the best way for me to sum it up is, in retrospect, obviously I was wrong," Grant said by phone. "My colleagues all, and people I respect an awful lot, thought Dustin deserved to be in the top 5. I had him on my ballot in some scenarios as high as No. 1 late into September. When I looked at the numbers that to me mattered most, OPS and batting average with runners in scoring position, he just didn’t stack up with Youkilis at all. He was a laggard behind the others who had great years in the American League. Is it an error of omission that he’s left off my ballot entirely? You could say that."

That’s fine and good, but that issue I see here is that Grant had Pedroia #4 as recently as September 20.  Call it September 21st as his article was posted on the DMN at 11:57 CST, or 12:57am, 9/21 EST.

The key here is that Pedroia did nothing to drop 7 spots (or more) to fall out of Grant’s top 10 list in that last few games of the season.  My take is that Grant just simply forgot about Pedroia.

We’ve all done it, right?  When discussing top players or best skills in any sport, inevitably we forget an obvious choice.  And that’s fine, we’re just human.  But to try and suggest others had a better OBP, etc. is a bit off.  I’m thinking he is attempting to, well, keep his membership with the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  By the way, why isn’t it BWAA, was baseball really "base ball" back in the 1920’s?

If his fellow BBWAA members read that he admitted omitting Pedroia by accident, he’d be off the team quickly, no?  Just ask ESPN’s Rob Neyer and Keith Law about those making decision at the BBWAA.  They are a prickly bunch.

No matter, Grant has found himself in a position he probably didn’t intend to get himself into, but like John Hammond said in Jurassic Park, "I don’t blame people for their mistakes, but I do ask that they pay for them."

And pay for it he will.