November 20, 2006
THE CHOICEST CHOSEN:
MVJs: Baseball's Most Valuable Jews in 2006 (Martin Abramowitz, Chicago Jewish News)
One of the ways rabid baseball fans get through end-of-the-season withdrawal pains is by immersing themselves in player stats and award announcements.
It's time to do the same for Jewish players.
There were 13 Jewish major leaguers this season: six pitchers, two catchers, three outfielders and two infielders. None of them, alas, came close to making a serious run at any major award, but we'll remedy that situation by handing out awards for the top Jewish players. [...]
Our solution to the drought of Jewish award winners is to create our own awards. We're naming the Jewish MVP award the "Hank and Sandy," after Greenberg and Koufax, and giving it only in years when a Jewish player has indeed proved to be extremely valuable.
We actually do have a winner this year. The winner of the 2006 Hank and Sandy Most Valuable Jewish Player Award is incontestably Youkilis.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2006 9:37 PM