Handing out MLB awards can’t be all that hard. Because baseball is basically an individual sport masquerading as a team sport, determining a player’s worth should be easy. But, apparently, it’s not easy. Or at least, it hasn’t been. A century and a half of history has shown us that picking the most valuable players, best pitchers, and best fielders in each league has been anything but simple for the voting media; I mean, four relievers have won MVP honors! Check out our collection of the most questionable MVP, Cy Young, and Gold Glove awards handed out in MLB history.
Roger Peckinpaugh, 1925 AL MVP
It’s comical how much better Al Simmons was than the Washington Senators shortstop. The Philadelphia Athletics center fielder had more than twice as many hits, doubles, total bases, and RBI, and hit six times as many home runs. Though Simmons, then 23, went on to a Hall of Fame career, he never won MVP.