Jeter was NOT Robbed!

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Jeter was robbed! That was the one-line message I received from my good friend – and clear Yankee zealot – Chris F. this morning, a day after it was announced that Derek Jeter finished second in the AL MVP voting to Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau.

My response? Not really. I have no argument with the guy winning.

In truth, the numbers put up by the two men were practically mirror images. Jeter was more consistent throughout the season. He also topped the second-year player in hits, runs, doubles, batting average, on-base percentage and stolen bases. And he was only the fifth player in the past 75 seasons to hit .340 or higher, drive in at least 90 runs and steal 30 or more bases in the same season.

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So what perhaps made the difference? Morneau had more home runs (34 to just 14) and RBIs (134 to 97). Chicks dig the long ball. Apparently, so do baseball writers.

Iit’s been widely noted that one voter, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, placed Jeter an astounding sixth on his ballot. His reasoning? Jeter played ina stronger lineup and was thus less “valuable” to his than Morneau, who carreid the Twins into the postseason after a weak start.

I don’t it. Three of the top seven MVP vote-getters played for the Twins, not the Yankees. So you
can argue both benefitted from playing on strong teams.

The real shame is that this may have been Jeter’s last best shot at the award. Morneau is a pimply faced kid. Jeter, who also could have easily won the award in 1999, will reach the top of the mountain soon and may retire as the best player never to win an MVP.

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4 thoughts on “Jeter was NOT Robbed!

  1. As a far-away (Netherlands) Minnesota Twins fan, I am always looking for new sites with Twins news.
    I hope that Morneau and Mauer stays healthy all season.

  2. G’day!
    As an Australia-based Twins fan, I found your blog on google and read a few of your other Twins posts.
    I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  3. Will Moller says:

    This was ages ago, and thus I feel bad responding this late, but:

    Jeter and Morneau’s numbers were similar, sure. But Jeter is a shortstop and Morneau is a 1B. Relative to their position (and you have to judge players that way, or a DH would win most seasons, right?) Jeter was TREMENDOUSLY more valuable than Morneau. So was Joe Mauer, for that matter.

    Thankfully, Jeter is currently hitting at a pace to get him in the conversation this season. If he keeps it up, he’s got a shot in 2009. Wouldn’t that be something.

  4. Will Moller says:

    To wit: 2006, wins above average (and this takes into account defense!)–
    Morneau: 4.4
    Jeter: 6.3!

    VORP:
    Morneau: 52.5
    Jeter: 82.3!

    Holy crap that’s a big difference. Jeter was ABSOLUTELY robbed.

    You can read more of me at http://www.zellspinstripeblog.wordpress.com

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