November 21, 2006

Morneau (!) Wins AL MVP

UPDATE: Every writer's ballot here.

That was a surprise.

Justin Morneau got 15 first-place votes and edged Derek Jeter (who had 12) 320-306. Johan Santana got the other first-place vote and finished 7th. ... All but 2 voters had Jeter either first or second.

David Ortiz finished third with 193 points: 1 2nd place vote, 11 for 3rd, 5 for 4th, 7 for 5th, 6 for 6th and 1 for 7th. ... Manny Ramirez received one vote each for 8th, 9th and 10th place.

It wasn't me: Travis Hafner received one 2nd place vote and someone voted Jeter 6th.

7 comments:

Sean O said...

What a joke, Morneau's the third most valuable player on his own team.

If this doesn't finally take the BBWAA out of the equation, I don't know what will.

L-girl said...

As long as you all keep paying attention, nothing keeps them out of the equation...

L-girl said...

Then again, maybe Morneau was a good choice: he's Canadian. ;-)

redsock said...

Check out the ballot link. Some real amazing stuff.

Both Oakland writers had Frank Thomas second.

Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times had AJ Pierzynski on his ballot, but not Mauer.

Boston's 2 voters:

Sean McAdam, Providence Journal
1. Morneau
2. Jeter
3. Ortiz
4. Mauer
5. Thomas
6. Dye
7. Guerrero
8. Hafner
9. Sizemore
10. Santana

Dave Heuschkel, Hartford Courant
1. Jeter
2. Ortiz
3. Morneau
4. Thomas
5. Damon (WTF???)
6. Santana
7. Dye
8. Mauer
9. Guerrero
10. Guillen

redsock said...

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times says that Mauer winning the batting title and Santana winning the Cy Young made Jeter more deserving:

"Morneau had a good year, but the fact that they [the Twins] had three guys in the top seven, to me, shows that there wasn't one MVP for that team, much less the whole league. That's the main issue I went in for putting Jeter ahead of Morneau."

How fortunate for Jeter that there wasn't any other good players in the Yankees lineup.

9casey said...

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Peter N said...

YES!! Happy and healthy holiday to all. And the "all over the place" voting legitimizes an insane voting process...........to be insane!