Just as they did last year with Dustin Pedroia, ESPN has begun their campaign for Derek Jeter for MVP; dropping his name any chance they get when discussing MVP candidates.
Baseball Tonight continues to talk more about Derek Jeter than more deserving candidates like Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Miguel Cabrera, or Mark Teixeira.
Just as they did last year to Kevin Youkilis, ESPN isn't even getting the MVP of a team right, but they continue to push their love of names/personas instead of actual numbers.
Joe Mauer—.373 BA, 25 HR, 78 RBI, 76 R, .442 OBP, 3 SB
Justin Morneau—.295 BA, 29 HR, 96 RBI, 80 R, .384 OBP
Miguel Cabrera—.343 BA, 27 HR, 82 RBI, 77 R, .407 OBP, 3 SB
Mark Teixeira—.285 BA, 31 HR, 95 RBI, 78 R, .384 OBP, 2 SB
Ben Zobrist—.292 BA, 23 HR, 69 RBI, 74 R, .409 OBP, 15 SB
Kevin Youkilis—.308 BA, 22 HR, 74 RBI, 77 R, .419 OBP, 5 SB
Derek Jeter—.333 BA, 16 HR, 59 RBI, 87 R, .397 OBP, 21 SB
Jeter has had a great season, but he shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence as the first four names.
I repeat, he is not the MVP.
Do not try the bogus lifetime achievement excuse attempted with justifying Tim Wakefield as an All-Star either. Give him a plaque, but not the one that says 2009 AL MVP.
As I write this, Jayson Stark has just written this:
"If Miguel Cabrera, Kevin Youkilis, Jason Bartlett, Ben Zobrist or Michael Young lug their teams into the postseason with huge Septembers, they belong in the argument. But the big debate could be between the prime Bronx contenders—Derek Jeter versus Mark Teixeira."
No, Jayson, those players (minus Young) belong in the debate no matter what.
If you keep saying something over and over, people will start to believe it and it becomes pushed as fact. Listen for Derek Jeter's name over the next two months, but do not believe it as fact.
Do not let ESPN decide another MVP.