November 21, 2006

RIGHT TEAM, WRONG GUY:

Morneau upsets field in AL MVP race (Kelly Thesier, 11/21/06, MLB.com)

Despite many people expecting Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter to win the award, Morneau's breakout season earned him the honor bestowed by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Morneau received 15 first-place votes, eight second-place votes, three third-place votes and two fourth-place votes for a total of 320 points. Jeter, the runner-up, received 12 first-place votes, 14 second-place votes and one fourth-place vote for 306 points.

Boston's David Ortiz finished third with 193 votes, and Frank Thomas finished fourth with 174.


Joe Mauer and Pudge Rodriguez were literally the most valuable players in the AL this year. Mauer hit better and should have been MVP.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2006 6:23 PM
Comments

As many folks have pointed out, Morneau was only the 3rd most valuable player on his own team, lagging far behind not only the superb Mauer but also Santana.

Giving the award to Morneau illustrates well how little the baseball writers know about the sport they're supposed to be covering.

This is the writers' worst showing since they gave Pudge the MVP in 99 ahead of the likes of Manny, Jeter, and about a dozen others who had superior years.

As almost every Yankee fan whose views I've seen today has said, there would've been justice in Jeter losing out to Mauer or Santana even, but to Morneau?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 21, 2006 6:53 PM
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