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Miguel Cabrera, not Jeter, deserves MVP.

by Chris Allen.

With the end of the regular season nigh, the yearly debate begins on who should be the MVP. I know Derek Jeter is the popular pick because of his outstanding season but the guy who has made the biggest impact on his team is Miguel Cabrera with the Tigers. In a lineup that struggles to score runs he is the one big bat that they have leaned on all year. He leads the team in batting average, runs batted in and home runs. His batting average is 40 points ahead of Maglio Ordonez. He has 13 more RBI and two more home runs than Brandon Inge, who is only batting .234 with about a million strikeouts. He is the most dangerous hitter in the Tigers lineup that is ranked 14th in the league in runs scored.
Now, Derek Jeter has had a great season. He's hitting .322 with seventeen home runs and sixty three RBI. I don't want to take anything away from his terrific numbers and all the things he does to help his team to the beat record in the majors. But does he really put the Yankees in the playoffs? I would argue that the Yankees have a strong enough lineup where they could still make the postseason with out their beloved captain.
Another popular pick is Joe Mauer. The problem with that pick is that he plays on a team that will not make the playoffs. Sure, his numbers are great but most of the players voted MVP are on playoff teams.
A strong September is very important in getting the media attention needed to win MVP. We saw this with Dustin Pedroia last year. In the last thirty day, Miguel Cabrera is hitting .343 with five home runs and nineteen RBI. Jeter is having a stellar September as well, batting .375 with two home runs and eleven RBI. The Tigers are in more of a pennant race than the Yanks however and I believe Cabrera's season numbers are simply more MVP worthy than any of his AL counterparts,

1 comment:

  1. The Minnesota Twins don't want to lose catcher Joe Mauer(notes), but that's exactly what could happen after next season. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are apparently prepared to throw a lot of dough in his direction when he becomes a free agent, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.