Via MLB.com –
Derek Jeter may have missed out on being named the American League Most Valuable Player last week, but on Monday, Sports Illustrated honored the Yankees captain with the Sportsman of the Year award.
Of the magazine’s 56 honorees — dating back to 1954 — Jeter became the first Yankee ever to be named SI’s Sportsman.
The Dec. 7 issue profiling Jeter and the award is scheduled to hit newsstands on Wednesday.
As SI.com said, “It was that combination of on- and off-field achievement that helped make Jeter this year’s Sportsman.”
“Derek Jeter has always presented himself with class; he does numerous good works for the community with his Turn 2 Foundation, which is one of the most efficient, effective foundations of its kind; and he’s extremely generous with not just his money but with his time, which in many cases is more valuable,” SI group editor Terry McDonell said on SI.com. “He also had another signature year on the field.”
Jeter was the first baseball player to win the award solo since Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995. In ’98, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were co-winners after their home run-bashing summer, and Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling shared the honor after leading the D-backs to a World Series championship in 2001.
The Red Sox won it as a team in ’04. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps took the honor last year.
No word if Jeter got any extra votes this year for telling Tiger Woods that fire hydrant hopping is best done with two hands placed firmly on the johnny pump and then leaping forward as opposed to trying to drive over it with your Escalade…