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From the sidelines: We should have seen this coming
Nov 28, 2013 | 1195 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Shain Gillet

Clipper Sports Editor 

The 4A and 5A All-State girls’ soccer teams were recently released, and a lot of local players made the list.

Readers of this column may remember that I very candidly wrote about Haley Johnson’s season, and how she should be the Most Valuable Player of the 5A class, despite the loss in the finals by Viewmont.

I wrote in that very same column that the 5A MVP will likely come from the winning team because voting for an MVP of a losing team, even if that team lost in the finals, seems a bit wrong.

I mean, it’s not like Major League Baseball voted for an MVP of a losing team before (just for reference, Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson won baseball’s regular season MVP award in 1987 for a team that finished in last place).

So once again, it came as little surprise when I checked the list twice over and found that Johnson was not named the MVP. 

She did make the First Team list along with Lone Peak goal keeper Cassidy Smith.

I don’t want to go on one of those rants about how the system is flawed and how it seems that only players on the championship teams seem to be the ones to win these all the time.

But it does seem a little unfair at times, doesn’t it?

There are times when the MVP of a league is chosen simply because they had a spectacular season (the 5A MVP vote went to Brighton’s Nadia Gomes, who scored 16 goals for the Bengals).

Other times a person can just look at the player themselves and say “wow, that’s someone special.”

In the case of Dawson, his overall numbers are what got him the vote, despite the Cubs finishing with a losing record.

In 1987 Dawson hit 49 home runs, drove in 137 runs and scored 90 runs.   

He hasn’t been the only one to finish with the trophy on a team with a losing record (see Cal Ripken, Jr., Alex Rodriguez, etc.), but its hard to argue against gaudy numbers.

Johnson’s numbers were gaudy for her position. Second in the classification in shutouts, in the top five for goals allowed in 5A, I could go on.

But the “fair” thing to do, quite honestly, is to give the MVP vote to someone on the winning team.

I suppose if someone from the Lady Vikings squad scored 30-plus goals this season she might have gotten a vote or two, but we’ll never know for certain until that happens.

There are times when it is actually OK when someone wins an award for a team that didn’t win a championship. This should have been one of those times.

So much for not going on a rant.

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