I missed this from Tracy Ringolsby’s Weekly Baseball Notes three weeks ago:
Look no further than Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez to understand that there are petty jealousies in the clubhouse that also taint the votes.
The fans voted Rodriguez, who was the AL Most Valuable Player last season, to the AL starting lineup. He’s not having a banner season, but his numbers are still solid.
The argument – and a strong one – can be made for Joe Crede of the White Sox to have been given that honor.
But even the players themselves didn’t vote for Crede.
In fact, in the players’ voting, it became apparent the booing from the Yankee Stadium fans isn’t the strongest anti-Rodriguez sentiment in the game.
Neither Rodriguez nor Crede finished in the top two spots among the players, an indication the guys in uniform have their own bone to pick with Rodriguez, the game’s highest-paid player who is often criticized for being too polished and calculating.
Troy Glaus of the Blue Jays and Eric Chavez of the Athletics were 1-2 in the voting of their peers.
Check the stats.
Rodriguez is third among AL third basemen with a .292 average, second with 19 home runs and tops with 65 RBI and in the trendy OPS at .921.
Crede leads third basemen in average at .300, is tied for second with 57 RBI, is fourth with 16 home runs and ranks second with an OPS of .865.
Glaus, meanwhile, leads AL third basemen with 22 home runs, but he is tied for second in RBI with Crede, ranks 13th with a .241 batting average and is third with an OPS of .857. Chavez is 12th with a .246 average, sixth with 46 RBI, fifth with 14 home runs and fifth with an OPS of .809.
They picked Troy Glaus? That’s strange.