Borda count in the NL 2007 MVP voting race

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Borda count in the NL 2007 MVP voting race

Post  Kevin Kao on Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:22 pm

this article goes over how jimmy rollins won it (deservedly, probably), but if someone really wanted matt holliday to win, they could have left rollins off the ballot and rigged it so that holliday would win by one point. the author goes on to say that Borda designed his voting system to only be used by "honest voters", because it's so easily manipulated.

http://mungowitzend.blogspot.com/2007/11/borda-counts-jroll-and-ted-williams.html

interestingly, a long time ago ted williams lost the MVP this way.

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Re: Borda count in the NL 2007 MVP voting race

Post  patrickmccoy on Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:42 pm

It also helps that most people don't know how the voting system works, and just rank their favorite players for MVP without realizing that they can insure their favorite wins by leaving others off of their ballot. I think it is fair to say that Borda works with "Honest Voters" and people who don't look into how the system actually works.

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Re: Borda count in the NL 2007 MVP voting race

Post  Tyler Davidov on Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:55 pm

This site shows the results of the MVP voting when Jimmy Rollins won.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/awards_2007.shtml#NLmvp

The Borda count method of calculating the MVP results is definitely justified by whether the voters are honest, or bias towards certain players. On this site, a column that is proportional to the voting points for each player is the share percentage of the votes. This share percentage is the fraction of votes that a player has out of the maximum number of votes that a player could possibly get. The maximum number of votes that a player could get would accumulate if every voter (sports writers) had the same player in the first place slot. First place votes count for the most amount of points, but players can technically have a higher share percentage of votes with less first place votes than another player. In reality, the claim presented in this blog is accurate. If a writer wanted to make sure a player won MVP, leaving contenders off the list would in fact increase the chances of the player to win the award. Borda count will take into consideration the value of a person as a whole to all the voters, which will work, but only if the voters honestly rate their values.

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