The last of the 2014 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, Emilio Bonifacio came back to the league in which he won this award in 2012, and finished first again this year. Last year’s winner, Joaquin Arias, with 7-12 in vowels (58.3%) took the #2 spot. Third place was taken by a rookie, the Cardinals’ Samuel Tuivailala, who appeared in only two games and pitched one total inning.
Over in the American League, Joe Mauer nearly repeated his 2013 victory with 62.5% vowels (5/8). This year, he was tied for the top spot by Nori Aoki (who we may have computed as “Norichika Aoki” [7/13= 53.8%] in prior years).Third place was secured by the Tigers’ rookie shortstop Eugenio Suarez.
[Note: We know we didn’t consider “Y” as a vowel.]