Another black mark on the 2012 Red Sox

The Red Sox were historically bad, everybody knows that.

Then there is this telling nugget: This is the first time the Red Sox were shut out in the American League Most Valuable Player voting.

In all 24 players received at least one vote this season. But because of poor performance or injury, no Red Sox players were deemed worthy. Frankly, it would hard to make a case for any of them.

The American League MVP award has been given out 93 times since 1911. There was no award in 1929 and 1930 or from 1915-21. In every season until 2012, the Red Sox had at least one player represented in the voting.

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In 1965, a dreadful 100-loss season, there was Carl Yastrzemski. Even Felix Mantilla and Tony Conigliaro received votes.

During World War II, when Ted Williams missed three seasons, Boo Ferriss and Bobby Doerr were outstanding players. Jimmie Foxx was there before Williams.

Note: We initially thought the Red Sox were shut out in 1933, too. But Rick Ferrell was traded to to the Sox that season and played the bulk of his games for Boston and finished 12th in the voting. Thanks to Jake O’Donnell for pointing that out.

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