The Most Priceless Participant Award (MVP) is an annual accolade offered by the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America (BBWAA) to excellent gamers in Main League Baseball (MLB). Instituted in 1931, the award acknowledges one participant from the American League and one from the Nationwide League. Earlier than 1931, related awards existed, such because the League Award and the Chalmers Award.
MVP voting happens earlier than the postseason, with outcomes disclosed post-World Collection. The BBWAA affords no exact definition of “most respected,” leaving it to voters’ interpretation.
Initially named after Kenesaw Mountain Landis in 1944, the award underwent a change in 2020 attributable to Landis’ controversial historical past concerning MLB integration.
Numerous positional gamers have gained MVPs, with pitchers not often claiming the distinction. Notably, in 2021, Shohei Ohtani turned the primary pitcher since 2014 and the primary within the AL since 2011 to win, additionally making historical past as the primary two-way participant to obtain the award.
The MVP has seen ties (1979), unanimous winners, and notable streaks, together with Barry Bonds‘ seven-time consecutive victories from 2001 to 2004. Frank Robinson is exclusive for profitable in each the American and Nationwide Leagues. The New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals lead in group victories, whereas the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, and Tampa Bay Rays have by no means had an MVP recipient.
Who was the primary MVP participant in a baseball league?
Earlier than the fashionable MVP, the Chalmers Award (1911-1914) acknowledged gamers deemed “most vital and helpful.” The BBWAA took over the MVP in 1931, adapting the Nationwide League‘s format. Modifications within the variety of voters occurred in 1938 (three per metropolis) and 1961 (two per league metropolis).
Ty Cobb secured the inaugural American League Chalmers Award in 1911 and Lefty Grove of the Philadelphia Athletics was the primary participant to win the MVP award 20 years later.