Instead of mulling over the New York Yankees many troubles, which are still very real even after their 3-2 win over the Royals last night, I found anot
her subject to focus my irritations on.
Here is what ESPN stated as the voting guidelines:
ESPN listed the top five vote getters for every award but the AL MVP group appeared wrong to me.
And I am not talking about the winner Rangers Josh Hamilton, as he is by far having the best season of any player in baseball, maybe ever.
Here are the stats of the ESPN experts’ five winners, and the three who got snubbed.
Hamilton’s stats are literally mind-blowing; and Orioles Adam Jones, while not a close second, as no player in baseball is at this point, he is the next best after Hamilton.
Now, Tigers Austin Jackson landed in third place and ESPN’s explanation was Jackson has been flying under the radar a bit because the Tigers have struggled.
Ok, well what about his teammate Cabrera?
Cabrera’s numbers are more productive than Jackson’s and how ESPN takes the blame off Jackson for the Tigers crappy play is absurd.
Next, ESPN selected White Sox’s 1B Paul Konerko fourth and the reasoning was that Konerko is…. continuing to beat Father Time, putting up a 1.058 OPS at the age of 36.
Wait, but isn’t Jeter about to be 37 years old? And haven’t scouts across baseball praised his defense being the best they seen in years?
Richard Justice at MLB.com wrote the following about the Captain:
Scouts have clocked Jeter going from home to first in 4.2 seconds, which is better than the 4.3 MLB average. During the opening series in Tampa Bay, one scout had him at 4.16.
So my question is how did Jeter not make this list it as a shortstop but Konerko, who plays an easier position, did?
It seems to me that Jeter is really defying the odds here, or as ESPN puts it beating Father Time.
What do you think?
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