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Oh Captain, My Captain

Well, it's little consolation for being knocked out of the postseason so quickly, but... the first of the postseason honors are coming in, and my favorite Yankee, shortstop and Captain of the team, Derek Jeter got his second straight Gold Glove today.

Go Derek!

Now I'm waiting for the announcements for MVP (A-Rod is in contention) and Rookie of the Year (Robinson Cano is in contention). We'll see...

Comments welcome.

Comments

RE A-Rod - it's not clear that someone who so utterly choked in postseason should be considered the most valuable.

I agree, Aeon. In fact, I have to ask myself this question:

Which player most "carried" his team, and on that score, I suspect that David Ortiz did more for his team than A-Rod did for the Yanks. I know this: Every time Ortiz came up at the plate, I wanted the Yanks to walk him. I never felt that same "ominous" feeling when A-Rod came up... no matter what his stats were.

Not to reopen an old debate, but I wonder if the MVP (for the Yanks at least) was not Rivera. I know this: I would not exclude a pitcher from MVP contention because he is a pitcher.

I will forever believe that Ron Guidry, 25-3, 1.74 ERA, in 1978 was the MVP of the American League. Without Guidry, the Yanks never beat Boston and never win the World Series. But they gave it to Jim Rice of the Bosox instead, claiming that pitchers get the Cy Young.

Nonsense.

Since that time, the AL awarded the MVP to Rollie Fingers, Roger Clemens, and Dennis Eckersley. And prior to Guidry's phenomenal year, they had awarded it to Lefty Grove, Spud Chandler, Hal Newhouser (twice), Bobby Shantz, Vida Blue, and, of course, Denny McLain (unanimously chosen in 1968).

All this can be found here, along with comparable stats for the National League (wherein pitchers have won the MVP nine times... guys like Dizzy Dean, Carl Hubbell, Don Newcombe, and Bob Gibson).

Anyway, we'll soon see...