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Cardinals news and notes: Simmons, Martinez, unis

Remembering the travesty that was the 1987 NL MVP Award (plus news and notes)

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If you are an MLB At-Bat app subscriber, chances are you were hit with a flood of alerts yesterday afternoon announcing the finalists for the 2016 BBWAA Awards. I don’t get too worked up about these awards, but I do think they’re important and I enjoy following them especially when there’s a Cardinal who I think is truly deserving of some hardware. (That is not the case this year.)

It’s also a good time of year to remember past years that went awry, most notably the Great NL MVP Award travesty of 1987. See below for context (screenshot courtesy of FanGraphs):

In the event you thought maybe this was a token case of the award being given to the best player on the best team, just know that the Cubs finished last in the old NL East that year. There’s still a lot to quibble about - I join the chorus in believing that Mike Trout should have won three straight MVP awards from 2012 to 2014 - but we’ve still come a long way.

And here’s what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:

Andrelton Simmons

In my fantasy world, Andrelton Simmons is a realistic option for the Cardinals this offseason. Whether that’s realistic or not, I do believe he would make a lot of sense for this team.

Carlos Martinez

We have about five months before we get to see Carlos Martinez pitch again in an MLB game. Luckily, Joe Schwarz was nice enough to compile some GIFs of Martinez’s nastiest pitches from 2016.

Uniforms

It’s 1991 vs. 1940 in Lil Scooter’s ongoing battle of the uniforms. In honor of Todd Zeile, Ray Lankford, Bernard Gilkey, Felix Jose, Stan Royer, and Milt Thompson (who came up just short of the 1987 MVP award) I voted for 1991.

Have a nice Tuesday, everyone.