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In Major League Baseball, the MVP award goes out at the end of the regulated season. It goes to the athlete who has stood out as being the most valuable, above all the rest. To an individual player, it is a huge accomplishment and honor considered being the elite in your field.

Within baseball, two players one from the American League and the one from the National League respectively, receive this prize each year.

The awards terms join the obvious, which are stats and production for the season. Baseball has more stats than any other sport but this at least provides an idea of who is in contention.

However, for me, a fan, the MVP means so much more than just that.

A player selflessly plays the game by the game as part of the team not for his own personal goals. This is by no means a wimp, nor a loud mouth. His personal goals are for the team and to help the team win.

It is an athlete, proud of their sport’s history, as well as respects the veterans who played before him by learning from their wisdom.

The MVP is an athlete who discovers it is not his right being a professional athlete but a gift that get treated as such through hard work and dedication.

Anyone will agree that the first lesson taught in gym class is being a good sport and a team player. It is the fundamentals of displaying sportsmanship.

Plenty of MVP awards have gone to athletes (aka. Lebron James) who do not display these fundamental basics. The kind of message that gets sent is one where stats are all that matter.

That is furthest thing from the truth. It is so confusing if a player is the named ‘MVP’ because they are supposedly the perfect, most valuable to a team. Perfect, should incorporate examples all around is what I am getting at.

The game of Baseball took a beating that goes beyond damage. The game deserves to get some of its integrity back. With all the PED talk and craziness of a list, that is destroying baseball name by name.

This only cements why this particular season’s MVP has to special. A player being one with the obvious of having top stats but also displays what the game of baseball is still. It has being the story that tops the baseball world by getting everyone to stop and remember why it is America’s past time.

The answer might be the easiest decision to make.

Simply, it would be to crown Derek Jeter the MVP because he deserves it.

It sends a message to the kids who idolize baseball. That you can play fairly, not being a circus show, not wanting to draw attention to yourself but to your team and displays the courage to give credit where credit is due, win or lose.

Jeter is the template of baseball and his stats are good enough being on the list. The persona that Derek Jeter characterizes so consistently is more valuable to baseball than any RBI’s or Home runs hit.

He not only represents the great City of New York but of our country as well at the WBC (World Baseball Classic), which took place last February. The players vote for a captain who will represent not only the USA but also themselves. Rollins, Wright, Pedroia, Youkilis to a name a few all voted for Jeter without hesitation.

If a room full of your own peers, who are the best of the best, pick you being their captain it speaks more to society then the stats on the score-sheet.

Derek Jeter is the Most Valuable Player this season. He is the Yankees captain, he is also America’s captain and he is baseball’s captain.

No one represents baseball to the fans, to the players and to the world more than Derek Jeter does.

In addition, because of what this athlete is to the sport of baseball alone says it all.

Baseball would not be what it is without Derek Jeter.

Here are a few quotes from this year about Derek Jeter:

Rays manager Joe Maddon said it best: “I’m very happy for him. He carries himself in a way that’s worthy of passing Gehrig.”

“I can’t tell you how much I admire Derek Jeter, everything about him. He’s a symbol of everything that’s right about the game, as far as I’m concerned. He’s a great role model for other players. When I tell my kids or grandkids about the great players from my time, I’ll be proud to say I was on the same field with Derek Jeter.” – Howie Kendrick, Angels

“It couldn’t happen to a better person. He’s a great teammate, a great friend. He’s done things the right way. He’s a great leader on this team, so you can’t say enough about Derek Jeter.” – Andy Pettitte after Jeter broke Lou Gehrig’s hits record

“He’s a leader and a winner and that’s something I’d like to be.” – David Wright, Captain of the New York Mets

13 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Joe Mauer should be the MVP.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is a big Yankee fan posting to say that you are certifiably insane and or extremely ignorant if you think anyone but Joe Mauer should be MVP. Then again, maybe it would be poetic justice if Jeter stole it from Mauer the way Morneau stole it from him. Still, it's Mauer or the world has gone crazy.

  3. Anonymous says:

    And, GOOD GOD, proofread your posts. That's just embarrassing.

  4. Linus says:

    Has it occurred to you that Derek Jeter might have done steroids as well?

  5. Randy says:

    If steriods was a lap dancer at scores, or a young hollywood starlet, it would be nearly a mathematical certainty that Derek did her. But this post is such an example of narrow minded local fangirlism, it makes me cringe.Derek Jeter is having a great season. He's a great Yankee. The world doesn't want him as their captain, a good portion of the world despises him. Since I live in Arizona, I love Derek because without his 6-44 choke in the 2001 playoffs, we don't have our World Series.But as great as Derek has been this year, he's only the third most valuable player in the AL. Mauer is by far the best, a great defensive player at the toughest defensive position, and the best hitter in the league at any position by a far margin. Ben Zobrist (who?) has actually been a bit better than Jetes.But Jete's is 35, and is still cementing a HOF legacy. I don't care if he used steroids, drank coffee from the legendary Yankee amphetamine infused coffee pot, or stole Jessica Biel, and ruined her for me after a single use. He's been a great player, and if you expect him to be just that, and not some idealized superman he can never disappoint you. Let's start talking about 3,500 hits, and making the top 5 all time. Or maybe higher? By the end of this year he'll only be about 30 hits behind Pete Rose pace…

  6. Randy says:

    Dear Kate,When I wrote my post I didn't realize how young you are. I apologize if my post offended you in any manner. If you want a hero, Derek Jeter is a pretty darned good choice, my snarky comments aside.best wishes, and my apologies,Randy

  7. Kate says:

    I am 32 so not that young and I appreciate what you said.Just that Mauer is not to the Twins what Jeter is to Yankees or the Twins would be the best team in baseball or make the playoffs for that matter.

  8. Kate says:

    To Anonymous:The world has not gone crazy if Jeter got MVP. Maybe more than just stats should be taken into account.Mauer is not on a dominant team and that says something. It is not as if Jeter is not putting up stats either!And about proofreading my blog; I do my best and I appreciate the criticism but it is a little harshly said. I know I need to proofread but I am so tired sometimes or do not have the time. Will be much better once I am done at current job and start to pursue sports writing.

  9. Anonymous says:

    What the flying fuck does Jeter being on a dominant team have to do with comparing Jeter and Mauer? Is it Mauer's fault his teammates are Nick Punto and Delmon Young and Jeter's are Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez? Mauer is clearly having a better year than anyone in the AL. Period. And if you're not going to use stats to evaluate players, how do you propose doing it? What does Jeter deserve credit for that Mauer does not? Hustle? Swagger? Mystique and Aura? Please!

  10. Kate says:

    Hey Anonymous what about leadership and respect. I bet if Joe Mauer, along with players all across the majors were asked who they think should be MVP this year…Jeter, hands down.Also, what team do you cheer for?And FYI no need to curse on my blog. I enjoy debating and opposing opinions but you can keep it civil, please.

  11. Kate says:

    Linus – it has occurred to me that any name could be on that list. Please read the ESPN article about this exact question; I posted (august 15th) a link too it a few days ago.Great read!!

  12. Bede the Youthful says:

    OK, Kate. Put your money where you mouth is. How much credit does Jeter get for "leadership" and "respect" relative to Mauer? For the love of God, Joe Mauer is like the most beloved human being in Minnesota, the favorite son, the hero with the heart of gold, etc. You do know that not everyone in the world is a Yankee fan, like I am and like you are. I can't see why you would assume that Jeter is some great respected figure and that Mauer is a pile of dog shit. That's just retarded. It's why you can't judge and MVP based on such meaningless ephemera. You might not like "state" but, believe it or not, stats actually tell us what happened on the baseball field. Jeter is obviously having an outstanding year, but Mauer's year is borderline legendary and could wind up being one of the greatest seasons for a catcher of all time.

  13. Bede the Youthful says:

    er, state=stats.