News of Tuesday, November 21st

DMZ · November 21, 2006 at 11:26 am · Filed Under General baseball 

Morneau is the AL MVP. I’d have voted for Jeter.
Alou signs 1 year, $8.5m deal
Juan Pierre gets a 5y, $45m deal. Boggle boggle.
Nintendo (and for that matter, Microsoft) have still not supplied USSM Labs with evaluation units


61 Responses to “News of Tuesday, November 21st”

  1. idahowriter on November 21st, 2006 2:48 pm

    47: And I’m amazed that it took another 26 posts for someone to acknowledge the question. Thanks.

  2. Adam S on November 21st, 2006 2:58 pm

    While I laugh at the selection of Morneau, who wasn’t even the MVP of his own team, I’d thrilled to see Jeter NOT win. I don’t like the Yankees, I don’t like Jeter and in some way this is cosmic karma for the gold gloves he won while being a below average SS.

    That said, I think Jeter and Santana were the only really good choices for MVP this year.

  3. msb on November 21st, 2006 3:40 pm

    the complete vote totals are up

  4. Wishhiker on November 21st, 2006 3:43 pm

    I think Santanas season was unparalelled even by a hitter. It’s somewhat difficult to compare hitter vs. pitcher but no one deserved the award more than Johan IMO. Had I had a vote:


    Or is it Ortiz then Mauer…Close for me.

    Either way this is somewhat like if Edgar had won it in 2001, except that Edgar came close to deserving it other years that he played. 2001 is an interesting parallel if you compare Ichiro to Mauer and Boone to Morneau in respect to Mauer being onbase for Morneau to drive him in and the .350 BA…They are not alike in that Mauer and Morneau both didn’t have 200 hits where Ichiro and Boone both did. Obviously I expect it to be very difficult for a C to ever achieve 200 hits, but really 181 is just as solid as 200+ when you consider Mauer’s defensive position. The M’s didn’t have a Santana in 2001 and there the parallel ends.

  5. EnglishMariner on November 21st, 2006 3:45 pm

    Ichiro finished 3rd in the AL West MVP race then.

  6. Jack Howland on November 21st, 2006 4:05 pm

    21 of 28 voters had Johan on their ballot. It’s hard for me to believe that 25% of the voters did not even think Johan was one of the 10 most valuable players.

  7. seattlesundevil on November 21st, 2006 4:19 pm

    It is being said over at LoL that Jason Chuchill is saying either Henry Owens or Matt Lindstrom, who were just traded to the marlins from the mets, will be the Reed return… Just adding fuel to the rumor fire!

  8. Wishhiker on November 21st, 2006 4:25 pm

    Nah…I wouldn’t have argued against Boone deserving it in 2001 had he won. Boone’s year was superior in almost every way to Morneau’s. I’m glad Ichiro won instead though. Too bad Twins fans can’t be glad years down the road when Morneau’s long gone and Mauers still plugging away behind the plate that Mauer won it…If a hitter was going to get it it probably should have been Jeter though.

    I went in search of the most Ungodly stats for 2006 awhile back and figured OPS. was one of the best ways to find this. Morneau was 9th in the AL behind Mauer (7th) and Jeter was 15th. The top 5:


    Another thing I like to look at is TB + BB Morneau’s 11th but Jeter and Mauer aren’t above him. With Mauer being a catcher it only makes sense he’s not going to place high on this, but his 343 in 521 AB was surpassed in less AB by Thome, Hafner and Ramirez.

    Ortiz 474
    Sizemore 427
    Texiera 412
    Thome 400
    Hafner 399
    Dye 394
    A-Rod 389
    Ibanez 388
    Guerrero 385
    Wells 385
    Morneau 384
    Ramirez 378

    When I started looking at all this I expected it to make the idea clearer to me on who should be MVP, but there is no clear choice among AL hitters. However nothing I’ve looked at puts Morneau in even the top 5 aside from RBI…Clearly had Hafner put up the numbers he did over another 50-120 ABs he’d be easier to choose.

    In the NL all the things I looked at showed Pujols right in front of Howard, so the voting seems a bit retarded to me on that as well.

  9. tyruschen on November 21st, 2006 5:51 pm

    Another news:

    OF T.J. Bohn was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves.

    Anyone miss him?

  10. Jeff Nye on November 21st, 2006 7:08 pm

    Derek “Just Past A Diving” Jeter.

    Not that he’s not a great OFFENSIVE player, but I have never seen anyone’s else’s defense so consistently overrated.

    He’s a middling defender at best, just from watching him. Just because a player dives for balls and gets his uniform dirty does not make him a good defender. Have we learned nothing from Princess Willie?

  11. tyruschen on November 22nd, 2006 3:28 am

    A little question:

    When did the writers receive their votes and when did they send it (deadline)?

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