MVP: Too depressing

I don’t know what the sports writers were thinking when they voted for Justin Morneau over Derek Jeter for MVP. It couldn’t have been a strictly numbers thing. Jeter came in second for the batting title. He got his 3rd Golden Glove in a row and he also got he Silver Slugger for short stop. And yet Morneau beat him out. Well, congrat, Justin, but I really don’t know how you did it.

Here’s the voting, for any one who is interesting

Player/Club                  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points

Justin Morneau, Minnesota     15   8   3   2   -   -   -   -   -    -    320
Derek Jeter, New York         12  14   -   1   -   1   -   -   -    -    306
David Ortiz, Boston            -   1  11   5   7   3   1   -   -    -    193
Frank Thomas, Oakland          -   3   4   7   7   4   1   -   -    -    174
Jermaine Dye, Chicago          -   1   2   6   5   7   4   2   1    -    156
Joe Mauer, Minnesota           -   -   3   6   1   2   5   3   2    1    116
Johan Santana, Minnesota       1   -   5   1   3   3   3   1   1    3    114
Travis Hafner, Cleveland       -   1   -   -   -   2   4   7   3    2     64
Vladimir Guerrero, Los Angeles -   -   -   -   -   2   3   4   6    -     46
Carlos Guillen, Detroit        -   -   -   -   1   -   3   3   2    3     34
Grady Sizemore, Cleveland      -   -   -   -   1   -   1   1   2    7     24
Jim Thome, Chicago             -   -   -   -   -   1   3   -   -    -     17
Alex Rodriguez, New York       -   -   -   -   1   -   -   2   -    1     13
Jason Giambi, New York         -   -   -   -   -   1   -   -   2    -      9
Johnny Damon, New York         -   -   -   -   1   -   -   -   -    1      7
Justin Verlander, Detroit      -   -   -   -   1   -   -   -   -    1      7
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle         -   -   -   -   -   1   -   -   1    -      7
Joe Nathan, Minnesota          -   -   -   -   -   1   -   -   -    1      6
Manny Ramirez, Boston          -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1   1    1      6
Miguel Tejada, Baltimore       -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   2    1      5
Raul Ibanez, Seattle           -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1   -    1      4
Robinson Cano, New York        -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1   -    -      3
Paul Konerko, Chicago          -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1   -    -      3
Magglio Ordonez, Detroit       -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1   -    -      3
Vernon Wells, Toronto          -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1    1      3
Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay       -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1    -      2
Mariano Rivera, New York       -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1    -      2
Kenny Rogers, Detroit          -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1    -      2
Chien-Ming Wang, New York      -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1    -      2
Troy Glaus, Toronto            -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -    1      1
Gary Matthews Jr., Texas       -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -    1      1
A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago       -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -    1      1
Michael Young, Texas           -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -    1      1

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Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.