Baseball fans love to contend over who should win big awards. Be that as it may, there likely was no discussion Thursday about the most astounding name on the list of players getting National League MVP votes.
That was Tepera, the Chicago Cubs reliever who was 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA during the Covid abbreviated season.
The 33-year-old right-hander got a 10th-place vote in favor of one point, leaving him tied for 18th in the NL balloting, a long ways behind winner Freddie Freeman. In any case, that is more help than any semblance of Bryce Harper, Jacob deGrom and Nolan Arenado drew as they got closed out.
Tepera struck out 31 in 20⅔ innings more than 21 games and pitched in the playoffs for Chicago.
Turns out there was a basic explanation for the vote. It was a mix-up – one that didn’t influence the outcomes in any way.
“I intended to hit Trea Turner and thought I had,” long-lasting St. Louis Post-Dispatch author Rick Hummel said. Affectionately called “The Commish” by his friends, Hummel in 2006 won the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s award for excellence that is introduced during the Hall of Fame’s induction ceremonies.
Hummel said he expected to tap on Turner’s name on a drop-down list, yet figures he accidentally clicked Tepera. Turner, the Washington Nationals shortstop, completed in isolation in seventh place.
“I should have double-checked it,” Hummel said.