• 2006 AL MVP – The Brass Tacks

    Posted by on November 21st, 2006 · Comments (11)

    Bottom line, 57% of the voters for the 2006 AL MVP did not feel that Derek Jeter was the man who should have won the award – because, if they did, then they would have ranked him #1 on their ballot.

    On the flip side, 53% if the voters thought that Justin Morneau should be the MVP – because they ranked him #1 on their ballots.

    Obviously, there was something there to make 57% of the voters feel that Jeter should not be the MVP. Was it the numbers? If so, that was a mistake by the voters.

    It will be interesting to hear from that 57% over the next few days. I hope they all offer some feedback on their thoughts. Until then, all we can do is guess.

    Comments on 2006 AL MVP – The Brass Tacks

    1. Chewbacca
      November 21st, 2006 | 6:52 pm

      Obviously, it was the anti-Yankee bias. Listening to ESPN Radio today, Keith Olbermann stated the same thing. Later, Dan Patrick corroborated when mentioning that Derek was 6th on someone’s ballot. Unfortunately, this is the way it will be until either some baseball team overtakes us in championships or the New York Yankees become the Boston Yankees.

    2. christopher
      November 21st, 2006 | 7:49 pm

      I was a little surprised to see that the AL East beat writers were the ones who killed Jeter. The AL Central and West were pretty much split Morneau/Jeter. The AL East went 6-4 for Morneau.

    3. RICH
      November 21st, 2006 | 8:04 pm

      What’s with people citing “Yankee bias”? A Yankee won the MVP in 2005.

    4. jonm
      November 21st, 2006 | 8:32 pm

      Where did you happen to get those numbers on how the writers voted? I would love to look at those.

    5. christopher
      November 21st, 2006 | 8:36 pm

      I don’t think it’s an anti-Yankee thing either. A-Rod, Giambi, Damon, Rivera, and Wang all got votes this year and the Yanks finished very strong in the MVP, Cy Young, and ROY last year.

      Before looking at how people voted, my assumption was that the people who voted against Jeter just don’t know how important he is. His 14 HRs and sub-100 RBI don’t “wow” the average voter. You have to watch him every day to know how much he means to this team.

      With that said, the voters who killed him were the ones who saw him most. The Boston and NY voters split and the Baltimore and Toronto voters all picked Morneau. That doesn’t make sense to me.

    6. christopher
      November 21st, 2006 | 8:43 pm

      Where did you happen to get those numbers on how the writers voted? I would love to look at those.


    7. jonm
      November 21st, 2006 | 9:46 pm

      Thanks, Christopher. It’s great to have a concrete record of which beat writers are idiots and which aren’t.

    8. JeterReggieGuidry
      November 21st, 2006 | 10:31 pm

      I think the reason Jeter lost and the reason only one Yankee has won MVP since 1986 (or was it 84?) is that when you play for the Yankees, with all those All-Stars, not one team member will ever feel essential to making the playoffs.

      Arod happened to play great in 2005, a strange year for the Yanks where they truly did struggle to make the playoffs (although Yank fans seem to forget that when they boo him). In 2005 you could make a good argument that Arod dragged us into the playoffs.

      Jeter cant quite make that argument in 2006 although you might say he (and WAng and Damon) “patched” up our team when Sheffield and Matsui were injured.

      By the way, did Cano get any 3rd or 4th place votes, or any? Seems like with his batting average he should have got a little attention.

      That said, I truly believe that Jeter would prefer at least one more World Series RIng to an MVP. How strange a career it would be if he won the WS 4 out of 5 times in his first 5 years and then never won again?

    9. Raf
      November 21st, 2006 | 11:22 pm

      MVP criteria changes based on whichever way the wind blows. A pitcher can/can’t win. A position player can/can’t win. A player should be on a contending team, or it doesn’t matter where in the standings the team was. Sometimes it’s the stats, sometimes it’s “intangibles”

      It would be nice if the writers would “get it right” and sometimes they do. But I don’t pay them much mind.

    10. rbj
      November 22nd, 2006 | 9:51 am

      Not to mention established Japanese players are eligible for ROY in their first MLB season — unless they play for the Yankees.

    11. November 22nd, 2006 | 10:51 am

      That was one heckuva rip job on Matsui.

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