No soup for Albert Pujols, who comes in second. Lance Berkman the consensus 3rd-place finisher. Anyway, we can’t wait for tomorrow.
Wow, I got a pre-season prediction right! Finally!
Meh. Not the worse choice ever, of course, but it should’ve been Pujols.
Well Rob, with that in mind and everyone saying It should be Jeter perhaps we will have another surprise in store tomorrow, though I wont be surprised when Ortiz wins the AL MVP.
So, according to that Newsday article, Ortiz doesn’t get consideration because he must be on steroids?
Slow since this morning…everyone just waiting for the firestorm one way or another tomorrow?
The fact that 3 1B got more votes seems to signify that there was virtually no emphasis on defense in the NL voting (Beltran). I guess that’s good news for the likes of Hafner and Ortiz. At the very least Jeter will get some sympathy or celebretory poon from Biel…which I would gladly take as a consolation prize.
Yeah, that’s a terrific line of argument — because all these players “missed significant time” (or sucked) and Jeter didn’t and the Yankees still won the division, Jeter must be the MVP. I guess Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu just don’t have the intangibles.
I won’t say Jeter’s undeserving of the award — if he’s going to win, this year is rightfully his best chance. But I still maintain that Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu had the most impact on the team’s second-half rise.
Here are Jeter’s 2nd half numbers:
avg: .342, OBP: .405, Slugging:.507
avg: .278, OBP: .349, Slugging:.496
And ABreu’s numbers with the Yanks:
avg: .330, OBP: .419, Slugging: .507
Essentially, Jeter and Abreu were both brilliant in the stretch run. Damon doesn’t even enter the discussion. But Jeter and Abreu were equals, and Jeter did it at a position that is not typically an offensive one. I say Jeter was more valuable in both halves than any other player on his team.
And the MVP isn’t a second-half award, though it’s weighted that way by the voters (much to my dismay, at least disportionally so..)
To me, the AL MVP should come down to Jeter and Mauer. Instead, it appears that if anyone is gonna beat Jeter, it’s going to be the 3rd-best Twins candidate.
If Mauer beat Jeter, I’d be perfectly fine with it. If Morneau beats Jeter, I’ll be pissed.
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