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November 19, 2001
Q. How are World Series MVPs selected?
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November 19, 2001

Burning Question

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Q. How are World Series MVPs selected?

A. Unlike baseball's regular-season awards, which are voted on by media representatives from every major league city, postseason honors are decided by a small electorate. Make that very small. Only five ballots were handed out for this year's World Series MVP voting: One vote each went to Fox TV, ESPN Radio, Major League Baseball International, USA Today and the series' trio of official scorers. Each year Major League Baseball chooses who votes, and although the number of voters may differ from year to year, it is always a tiny group—a spokesman Richard Levin, "We try to pick five disparate voters who aren't connected so that we get five points of view."

The small number of votes helps explain ties such as the deadlock that made Diamondbacks aces Randy Johnson (far left) and Curt Schilling co-MVPs. The final tally was two votes for Johnson, two for Schilling and one for Arizona shortstop Tony Womack. ( Major League Baseball doesn't reveal who cast which votes.) The only other time there was a tie: 1981, when the Dodgers' Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager split the honor.

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