Fans in Baltimore continued to play they “no respect” card after Buck Showalter finished behind Bob Melvin for AL Manager of the Year. I can understand their frustrations, Buck didn’t just lead this team to the postseason for the first time since 1997, but he completely turned around the mentality of this losing franchise.
But to say that the Baltimore Orioles got no respect simply isn’t true. Now that we’ve seen the MVP ballots, hopefully that has become more evident.
O’s centerfielder Adam Jones finished sixth in MVP voting, while closer Jim Johnson and catcher Matt Wieters also received votes. Jones finished ahead of some pretty big names, including Derek Jeter, Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder, Yoenis Cespedes and David Price. He totaled 124 points on the ballot receiving 1 third place vote, 2 third place votes, 7 fifth place, 5 sixth place, 4 7th place, 3 eight place and 2 9th place.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times voted Jones third, while Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com and Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune voted him fourth.
A little love from the AL East.
We talked about the likelihood of Jones receiving MVP votes this week on the BSR Podcast, but never dreamed he’d finish this high. While it is surprising, Jones is certainly deserving. He played in all 162 games this season, hitting .287/.334/.505 and belting a career high 32 home runs.
He was the face of this team’s amazing 2012 season, signed a long-term deal to stay with Baltimore and stepped up as a leader.