The batting title eluded our hero’s grasp (huge congratulations to Joe Mauer, the first AL catcher to win that award), but it hardly casts a pall over a truly magnificent season for the Yankee captain. The numbers, for the record:
SB: 34 (CS: 5)
Win shares: 31
We’ll skip the various “clutch” metrics; by whatever system you use—or none at all—his season defined that term. MVP? He’s got our vote. But, yeah, we’re biased.