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Yankees captain wants his MVP


Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Most people would say that the New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter has it all, but they are wrong.

Ok, so Jeter is rich, handsome, dates hot brunettes, has enough World Series Championship rings for every finger on his right hand, Gold Gloves, Silver Sluggers and countless awards in just about everything.

Now, if you asked Jeter about what is missing from his trophy case he would probably say another WS ring because it is all about the championships; or so he says.

See, Jeter has never won the AL MVP Award; and even though I do believe in a team first attitude, anyone with a half-a-brain who could achieve that kind of personal accomplishment would strive for it.

Now, a lot of people feel that Jeter got swindled in the 2006 MVP voting, as he came in second behind Minnesota Twins Justin Morneau. After looking at both players’ 2006 stats, I have to disagree on this one.

I do think Jeter got robbed of the award in 2009 when he finished third behind teammate Mark Teixeira and the winner, who ironically was another Twin, Joe Mauer.

Winning an MVP would be the icing on the cake for the Yankees Captain, but the odds are stacked against him.

Jeter is 37-years of age, which is not the same as 30 or 31 but it is not the death sentence that the media has deemed it to be either.

I mean how long has it been since one of the ESPN or Sports Illustrated guys didn’t refer to Jeter as too old, or overrated?

Too long as I read a featured story, by SI’s John Weisman, on the subject dating back to 2006.

Look, I am not saying that Jeter is perfect because he is not but he has won five WS and was MVP in one as well for a reason.

Still, even though the 2012 season is not even three weeks old, it is always fun to predict a long shot out of the gate and that is why I think Jeter could very well win his first MVP this year.

How? I compared his batting stats from the first nine-games he played in 2009 and in 2012.

I know this is farfetched and very premature but that doesn’t change the fact that the captain is on pace to have that type of year; even though it has only been nine-games.

all stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com.


  1. Richard Griffith says:

    So far he's the only Yankee hitting.

    • LLP says:

      Richard….and he still is and the Yankees need all the hitting over the next few weeks as schedule gets harder.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    He doesn't need an MVP, he's the best everyday player from the 1996-2000 championship years, a lock for 1st ballot HOF, will have the most, or second most hits for a SS, and very well might be the best SS of the modern era. When he really got robbed was 1999. His line was 24 HRs, 102 RBIs, 134 Runs, .349 BA, .438 OBP, .552 SLG. A great year but the award was won by Juan Gonzalez, now known to be a steroid user, and even then pretty much a one dimensional player.

    • LLP says:

      Oh now I know what Tumbleweed was referring too…..you mean 2009, that is the season Mauer got it and Jeter should have.

      You make valid points but he has been so close so many times.

  3. Tumbleweed says:

    Just to set the record straight…Ivan Rodriguez won the AL MVP in 1999

  4. wehawker says:

    While this article makes some valid points, it loses credibility when the author doesn't even take time to check the stats he posts to make his point. A Batting Average of .702? On Base Percentage of .789? Looks like he needed to have something written to fill in his space and grab a paycheck. Talk about space, Yardbarker.com makes the ads so large the whole data column doesn't even fit. Half-assed work at best.

    • LLP says:

      Thank you Wehawker for pointing out my mistake, as excel had it listed correctly when I re-opened it….very strange but it is all fixed now in the post.

      I have no control over the ADS on the site and I will let YB/FOX know that they are hogging the screen. May I ask what browser you are using??

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  6. derrick says:

    Fast forward another week and after 18 games Jeter is the hottest hitter in baseball besides Kemp of course.

    Through 18 games Jeter's triple slash: .420/.442/.642/.1084

    He very well could win the MVP this year. you never know! but that's without a doubt his BEST start to a season EVER! Go jeter!

    • LLP says:

      Jeter is defying all odds that the media has set for him, and brainwashed us with. He is certainly on a career best pace and I would like nothing more than to see the Captain win his first MVP.