While voting for a pitcher is sometimes frowned upon in the MVP race, it is hard to argue against Corey Kluber’s value to the Indians in 2016.
Kluber was actually one of several pitchers who ended up on the final ballot.
After injuries to Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco and even with Josh Tomlin‘s August struggles, Kluber never wavered. He remained a constant in a decimated rotation, and his dominance was put on the national stage all throughout the postseason.
He finished third in the voting for the AL Cy Young, but would have blown away the competition if the postseason factored into the final voting decision.
Although Kluber, Ramirez and Lindor did not win the MVP award, having three Indians make the final voting is a great achievement. The success of this team is being recognized on the national stage, setting up the Indians to be one of the major contenders once again in 2017. And with a young core, along with the ace in Kluber, this team should once again see similar results in next year’s postseason award voting.