AL MVP: Should be Ortiz/Santana/Thomas
will be Jeter
You people are hilarious. Normally, I'd agree that Jeter is overrated. However, you guys are short-changing him immensely.
If you are going to play the 'MVP must come from a winning team' card, then Jeter is
the American League MVP. If you don't want to play that card, then the MVP is Hafner.
Derek Jeter....a #2 hitting shortstop....leads the AMERICAN LEAGUE in Runs Created, with 131 this season. Sizemore is 2nd, with 125. Jeter has created more runs for his team than any other player on an American League team this season.
Jeter is FOURTH in the American League in RC/27. He is worth about 8.9 runs per game. Meaning, a lineup consisting of nine Derek Jeters' would score about 8.9 runs per game. The only people ahead of him on this list are Travis Hafner, Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome, all whose teams missed the playoffs. Jeter is worth more runs per game than Ortiz, Dye, Mauer, Morneau, Vlad, etc.
The only thing that hurts Jeter is his OPS. It looks relatively weak, compared to other MVP candidates at .897. Then you take into account that he's a shortstop who hits in the #2 hole, and it's actually quite amazing.
Jeter also leads the league in Win Shares, at 31 for the season. Second place in Mauer at 29.
Anyone who says that it's a joke that Jeter wins the MVP has no idea what they're talking about. Is Jeter overrated most of the time? Yes. But he has had an unbelievable year, and it's about time people give him credit for it. There is no better choice for the AL MVP in 2006 (unless you're in favor of giving it to the best player---winning or losing team).