Hi! My name is Shawn Weaver, and I already have blogs on Blogger about the Cincinnati Reds and the greatest players in baseball history, so this blog is sort of a companion to both of them. In it, I will look at baseball's major leagues year by year, and use Win Shares, WAR (by Fangraphs when possible, by Baseball Reference dot com when necessary), WARP (by Baseball Prospectus), and a more standard look at the season's outcomes to determine who should have been voted the MVP, Cy Young winner, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year for each season. In years when there actually was voting for these awards, I will comment on that.
We will begin with the first professional league, the 1871 National Association.