The VORG’s 2013 “Most Voweluable Player” Awards

The last of the 2013 season awards will be handed out Thursday afternoon, as the AL and NL MVPs are announced.  Here at the VORG, MVP stands for “Most Voweluable Player”, that being the player in each league with the highest percentage of vowels in their first and last names combined.

In the National League, last year’s runner-up, Joaquin Arias, with 7-12 in vowels (58.3%) takes the top spot in 2013. Diamondbacks’ rookie outfielder Adam Eaton and the Dodgers Juan Uribe tied for second, each with 55.6% on 5 vowels out of 9 letters.

Name len a e i o u Vowel%
Joaquin Arias 12 3 0 2 1 1 58.3%
Adam Eaton 9 3 1 0 1 0 55.6%
Juan Uribe 9 1 1 1 0 2 55.6%

Over in the American League, Joe Mauer, who finished second in last year’s race, took the top spot with 62.5% vowels (5/8).  Last year’s winner in the NL, Emilio Bonifacio, switched leagues and came in second in the AL (9/15 for 60%).  Coming in third for the second year in a row was Koji Uehara.  Uehara had at least one of each vowel, and finished with 60.0% (6/10).

Name len a e i o u Vowel%
Joe Mauer 8 1 2 0 1 1 62.5%
Emilio Bonifacio 15 1 1 4 3 0 60.0%
Koji Uehara 10 2 1 1 1 1 60.0%

An Honorable Mention goes to Luis Ayala, who pitched for teams in both leagues this year.  His 55.6% vowels (five out of nine) would have tied him for second in the NL.

[Note: We know we didn't consider "Y" as a vowel.]

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