Molina finishes fourth in MVP voting

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina finished fourth in the voting for the National League Most Valuable Player award, which was given out on Thursday. Molina, who received two of the 32 first-place votes, had never previously finished higher than 21st in an MVP vote.

The winner, as expected, was San Francisco’s Buster Posey, who received 27 first-place votes and a final point total of 422. Finishing second was Ryan Braun (285). Andrew McCutchen (245) was third. Molina was just behind with a point total of 241.

“It’s good,” Molina said, shortly after learning the news of his fourth-place finish. “I was happy for the season that I had and am happy to be between those names. That made my day. I want to congratulate Buster Posey because he deserves it. Catching is a tough position. To put up those numbers like he did, it’s great. It makes me feel like I need to get even better to keep up with him.”

As has been noted, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America has been releasing the ballots of all writers who cast ballots for each award in an effort for full transparency. You can go here to see the full voting breakdown. Two BBWAA writers from each National League city turned in a ballot for this award and listed, in order, 10 names on it.

A few interesting observations:

  • Both of Molina’s first-place votes came from writers in the New York chapter (Andy McCullough and Adam Rubin). Both St. Louis-area writers (the Post-Dispatch’s Rick Hummel and Joe Strauss) gave their first-place vote to Posey.
  • In addition to the two first-place votes, Molina received six 2nd-place votes, eight 3rd-place votes and 13 4th-place votes. He also received an 8th-place vote and a 10th-place vote
  • Molina was the only one of the top four finishers not to be named on all 32 ballots. John Maffei of the North County (Calif.) Times did not put Molina in his top 10. Interestingly, however, Maffei did include Allen Craig (7th) on his ballot.
  • Why was Molina left off Maffei’s ballot? I can’t answer that. But Maffei is one of the writers in the San Diego chapter and perhaps his perspective was skewed by what he saw. Against the Padres this year, Molina went 4-for-22 with no extra-base hits. He was just 1-for-11 at PETCO Park. Perhaps those factors, meaningful or not, were in play?

Three other Cardinal players received MVP votes. Matt Holliday finished 11th in the voting. Craig finished 19th. Carlos Beltran was 26th. Holliday was put as high as fourth on one ballot — that ballot belonged to FoxSports.com’s Tracy Ringolsby, who placed Molina 10th.

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