Folks: Cubs Reliever Ryan Tepera Received an NL MVP Vote (UPDATE)

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Folks: Cubs Reliever Ryan Tepera Received an NL MVP Vote (UPDATE)

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This is truly incredible. We will forever be able to say – only slightly exaggerating – that Chicago Cubs reliever Ryan Tepera was nearly an MVP finalist in 2020.

The NL MVP votes just came out, and while it is good and fine and interesting that Freddie Freeman won easily, and is also very cool that Yu Darvish and Ian Happ got down-the-ballot votes, RYAN TEPERA IS THE STORY:

(via BBWAA)

Tepera, 33, was one of the Cubs flyer relief signings this year, and with the addition of a new cutter, looked absolutely dominant early on. From there, he kinda trailed off, ultimately finishing the season with a solid, not necessarily spectacular, campaign. The 34.8% K rate was awesome, but the BB rate spiked to 13.5%. His ERA- was 12% better than league average, his FIP- was 25% better. Like I said: really solid, but not overwhelmingly so.

But Rick Hummel out of St. Louis gave Tepera that final spot because reasons. AND I APPLAUD HIM FOR DOING SO BECAUSE THAT’S WILD.

As for Yu Darvish, he showed up on six ballots (fewer than Trevor Bauer’s 13), and Ian Happ got a final spot vote from Joe Frisaro out of Miami.


UPDATE: Officially, this was a mistake. But I reject any suggestion that an MVP vote for Ryan Tepera was anything but earned:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.