AL MVP: Ortiz or Jeter or…

Boys! Boys! Are we going to have to seperate you two? What’s up with David Ortiz’s mini-snipe at Derek Jeter on Sunday when he asked which of the two men should be mVP? “[Jeter’s] having a great season, but he’s got a lot of guys in that lineup. Top to bottom, you’ve got a guy who can hurt you. Come hit in this lineup, see how good you can be.”

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz wears a pair of sunglasses with built-in headphones before the start of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, in Boston. The Red Sox won 9-3.

Yeah, come hit in the Red Sox lineup ahead of Manny Ramirez. C’mon Big Papi. That’s not becoming of the guy who was everyone’s cuddly favorite for most of the season. But the Sox blew their opportunity to bury the Yankees while the New Yorkers were in ER and now Boston fans are back in their generational funk.

 So who should win MVP? Here are some numbers, as of today (Tuesday, Sept. 1)

Jeter:   99 Runs 192 Hits 13 HRs   91 RBIs .346 AVG

Ortiz: 103 Runs 145 Hits 48 HRs 127 RBIs .288 AVG

Dye:    93 Runs 158 Hits 41 HRs 112 RBIs .325 AVG

Hmm. Sorry, Papi. If the vote had been taken at the All-Star Break you’d have won in a landslide. But since your team has slid out of contention, Jeter and Dye are my Final Two. And with more HRs and RBIs, Dye’s my pick. He’s the least sexy choice, but with the defending-World Series champions still lingering in the playoff hunt, Dye’s been the key to all things Sox (White). He should win the award, but if the Sox don’t make the playoffs, Jeter wins and Ortiz whines.


2 thoughts on “AL MVP: Ortiz or Jeter or…

  1. Paul Carter says:

    I respect the point you bring up about Big Papi hitting in front of Manny but I have to take some issue with you taking the trophy away from Ortiz because the Sox have faded from playoff contention.

    Why should Ortiz shoulder ALL the blame for his team’s second half collapse when the Red Sox pitching has been absolutely terrible? Looking at the Sox pitching stats, no one outside of Papelbon has an ERA under 4! Glancing at their starting rotation, other than Schilling, who has probably had an off year by his own emissions, no one has been worthy of praise all season long. Jeter, meanwhile, is greatly aided by playing on a team with two starters posting ERA’s under 4 plus the emergence of Scott Proctor and perhaps the game’s most dominating closer.

    If the Sox even had a third starter ANYWHERE near the production, or lack thereof or the Yanks Randy Johnson, they might be playing for some October baseball as well. Bottom line, if any comments should be directed at Ortiz’s way they should be in the form of praise for how he, and a few others, have kept the Sox’s ship going for so long when it should have sunk so long ago.

  2. Thanks, Paul, for your insightful comments. You are right about how critical Ortiz was to the Sox’s journey. He was the freakin’ man all season, and he got little help. He derserved better. Thanks for your post. Just curious: How did you find this blog?

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