Strangely confident in a demonstrably corrupt voting system, and less concerned for their team and possible health risk to a star pitcher, the Red Sox wrote into Matsuzaka's contract:
This item, 12/14/06 from USA Today They credit ESPN.com.
As I've noted countless times on this blog, it must be nice to pitch for a team that believes individual awards are so much more important than what might be needed for a team in the stretch AND ESPECIALLY IN THE POST SEASON, WHICH ISN'T CONSIDERED IN CY YOUNG OR MVP VOTING.
- "Daisuke Matsuzaka's six-year, $52 million contract with the Red Sox reportedly includes up to an additional
- $8 million in incentives based on Cy Young and MVP award voting."
- AND DURING WHICH TIME THE TEAM COULD BE LEFT WITHOUT THEIR PITCHER, eg. Bartolo Colon in 2005.