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2006 AL MVP- Justin Morneau , Minnesota

2005 - Alex Rodriguez,New York

2004 - Vladimir Guerrero, Anaheim

2003 - Alex Rodriguez, Texas

2002 - Miguel Tejada, Oakland

2001 - Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle

2000 - Jason Giambi, Oakland

1999 - Ivan Rodriguez, Texas

1998 - Juan Gonzalez, Texas

1997 - Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle

1996 - Juan Gonzalez, Texas

1995 - Mo Vaughn, Boston

1994 - Frank Thomas, Chicago

1993 - Frank Thomas, Chicago

1992 - Dennis Eckersley, Oakland

1991 - Cal Ripken, Baltimore

1990 - Rickey Henderson, Oakland

1989 - Robin Yount, Milwaukee

1988 - Jose Canseco, Oakland

1987 - George Bell, Toronto

1986 - Roger Clemens, Boston

1985 - Don Mattingly, New York

1984 - Willie Hernandez, Detroit

1983 - Cal Ripken, Baltimore

1982 - Robin Yount, Milwaukee

1981 - Rollie Fingers, Milwaukee

1980 - George Brett, Kansas City

1979 - Don Baylor, California

1978 - Jim Rice, Boston

1977 - Rod Carew, Minnesota

1976 - Thurman Munson, New York

1975 - Fred Lynn, Boston

1974 - Jeff Burroughs, Texas

1973 - Reggie Jackson, Oakland

1972 - Dick Allen, Chicago

1971 - Vida Blue, Oakland

1970 - Boog Powell, Baltimore

1969 - Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota

1968 - Denny McLain, Detroit

1967 - Carl Yastrzemski, Boston

1966 - Frank Robinson, Baltimore

1965 - Zoilo Versalles, Minnesota

1964 - Brooks Robinson, Baltimore

1963 - Elston Howard, New York

1962 - Mickey Mantle, New York

1961 - Roger Maris, New York

1960 - Roger Maris, New York

1959 - Nellie Fox, Chicago

1958 - Jackie Jensen, Boston

1957 - Mickey Mantle, New York

1956 - Mickey Mantle, New York

1955 - Yogi Berra, New York

1954 - Yogi Berra, New York

1953 - Al Rosen, Cleveland

1952 - Bobby Shantz, Philadelphia

1951 - Yogi Berra, New York

1950 - Phil Rizzuto, New York

1949 - Ted Williams, Boston 1948 - Lou Boudreau, Cleveland 1947 - Joe DiMaggio, New York 1946 - Ted Williams, Boston 1945 - Hal Newhouser, Detroit 1944 - Hal Newhouser, Detroit 1943 - Spud Chandler, New York 1942 - Joe Gordon, New York 1941 - Joe DiMaggio, New York 1940 - Hank Greenberg, Detroit 1939 - Joe DiMaggio, New York 1938 - Jimmie Foxx, Boston 1937 - Charlie Gehringer, Detroit 1936 - Lou Gehrig, New York 1935 - Hank Greenberg, Detroit 1934 - Mickey Cochrane, Detroit 1933 - Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia 1932 - Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia 1931 - Lefty Grove, Philadelphia

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SAY IT AIN'T CO

JETER MIGHT TIE MORNEAU FOR AL MVP

By GEORGE KING

FIT TO BE TIED? Rumor has it that Derek Jeter and Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will be named co-MVPs when the AL award is announced this morning.

November 21, 2006 -- How close was the AL MVP voting that will be announced today? Throughout baseball yesterday an unsubstantiated rumor buzzed the landscape that Derek Jeter and Twins first baseman Justin Morneau had tied for the award.

However, nobody from MLB or the Baseball Writers Association of America confirmed the rumor.

"I am not allowed to say anything," said BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O'Connell, the man who counts the votes and will inform the winner this morning.

The rumor gained steam when the Phillies' Ryan Howard won the NL MVP yesterday, because before the various awards were announced last week, somebody in MLB was shown a list of BBWAA award winners. After Howard won, that list was 7-for-7 and had Jeter and Morneau sharing today's award.

However, that list was compiled before the MVP ballots were counted.

Either way, today's result is expected to be the closest in years. Last year, Alex Rodriguez edged Boston's David Ortiz by a scant 24 points (331 to 307).

According to agent Casey Close, Jeter, fresh off a L.A. vacation, wasn't talking about the MVP yesterday. Nor was George Steinbrenner, the man who appointed Jeter as the Yankee captain. According to PR guru Howard Rubenstein, The Boss will have something to say today if Jeter wins or loses. And presumably if he shares the award.

If Jeter and Morneau tie for the MVP, it will be the second time in baseball history. The other time was 1979 when St. Louis' Keith Hernandez and Pittsburgh's Willie Stargell were co-MVPs in the National League.

Jeter and Morneau are two of five serious candidates for the award that a Yankee has won a record 19 times. The others are Ortiz, the Red Sox DH who led the AL in homers (54) and RBIs (137), catcher Joe Mauer, Morneau's teammate who was the AL batting title winner (.347), and White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye, who batted .315 with 44 homers and 120 RBIs.

Hurting Ortiz and Dye in some eyes is the Red Sox and White Sox didn't get into the playoffs. Ballots were required to be in before the playoffs started so Jeter, Morneau and Mauer don't get hurt for their teams exiting after one round. And Ortiz gets penalized for being a full-time DH.

It's a good thing for the Yankees captain that the Jeter-Morneau debate isn't settled by a home-run hitting contest. The Twins' first baseman slugged 34 homers compared to Jeter's 14. Morneau drove in 130 runs compared to Jeter's 97. However, Jeter hits second and 388 of Morneau's 592 at-bats were as a No. 5 hitter.

Jeter has the advantage of winning his third Gold Glove and batting .343, which was second to Mauer.

The intangible where Jeter is concerned is he has to be watched every day to be fully appreciated. And only two of the 28 voters do that since two writers from each city get a vote. Winning even half of the award would fill one of the few voids in Jeter's resume. Jeter has four World Series rings, was the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year, won the 2000 All Star MVP as well as the World Series MVP in that season (the only time that daily double has been hit) and has three Gold Gloves.

Jeter never has won a batting title or led the league in homers and RBIs but has led the league in runs once (1998) and his 118 this year were second to Cleveland's Grady Sizemore. george.king@nypost.com

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how the hell is it a disgrace? Morneau deserves it just as much as Jeter or Mauer would have.

UH no he dosn't there are 5 players who deserve it more the him AT LEAST. The IDIOT baseball writers know nothing aside from RBI's. They really are one of the stupidest groups of people EVER.

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congrats to Morneau....both players had great seasons and both players deserved consideration. Jeter was second in a close vote and nobody was head and shoulders above the rest of the league. Not a biggie, lets worry about the Yanks winning #27

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UH no he dosn't there are 5 players who deserve it more the him AT LEAST. The IDIOT baseball writers know nothing aside from RBI's. They really are one of the stupidest groups of people EVER.

whatever you say. Chief. Obviously, batting .321 with 34 HRs and 130 RBIS with a .375 OBP isn't even worth considering for an MVP candidate.

There is a reason it's called the Most Valuable Player award. It's the player judged to be most valuable to his team. Morneau on that offense was one of the main reasons the Twins won the division. Aside from Mauer, nobody created the type of presence offensively that picked up that team like Morneau did.

Jeter is deserving of the award too, just like Mauer is. Unfortunately, you only pick one player a year. So people who are deserving of the award don't get it. Life sucks. Get a helmet.

You should be happy with the baseball writers. They just proved wrong all the idiots that say there is an east coast bias with MVP voting. Besides, I'm sure these guys were such idiots for picking a Yankee last year for MVP right?

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2006 AL MVP- Justin Morneau , Minnesota

we should've had another Yankee this year, this is saddening. I'd also give it to Ortiz, Santana, Thomas, Mauer and Dye over Morneau.

2005 - Alex Rodriguez,New York

2004 - Vladimir Guerrero, Anaheim

2003 - Alex Rodriguez, Texas

2002 - Miguel Tejada, Oakland

2001 - Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle

2000 - Jason Giambi, Oakland

1999 - Ivan Rodriguez, Texas

1998 - Juan Gonzalez, Texas

1997 - Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle

1996 - Juan Gonzalez, Texas

1995 - Mo Vaughn, Boston

1994 - Frank Thomas, Chicago

1993 - Frank Thomas, Chicago

1992 - Dennis Eckersley, Oakland

1991 - Cal Ripken, Baltimore

1990 - Rickey Henderson, Oakland

1989 - Robin Yount, Milwaukee

1988 - Jose Canseco, Oakland

1987 - George Bell, Toronto

1986 - Roger Clemens, Boston

1985 - Don Mattingly, New York

1984 - Willie Hernandez, Detroit

1983 - Cal Ripken, Baltimore

1982 - Robin Yount, Milwaukee

1981 - Rollie Fingers, Milwaukee

1980 - George Brett, Kansas City

1979 - Don Baylor, California

1978 - Jim Rice, Boston

1977 - Rod Carew, Minnesota

1976 - Thurman Munson, New York

1975 - Fred Lynn, Boston

1974 - Jeff Burroughs, Texas

1973 - Reggie Jackson, Oakland

1972 - Dick Allen, Chicago

1971 - Vida Blue, Oakland

1970 - Boog Powell, Baltimore

1969 - Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota

1968 - Denny McLain, Detroit

1967 - Carl Yastrzemski, Boston

1966 - Frank Robinson, Baltimore

1965 - Zoilo Versalles, Minnesota

1964 - Brooks Robinson, Baltimore

1963 - Elston Howard, New York

1962 - Mickey Mantle, New York

1961 - Roger Maris, New York

1960 - Roger Maris, New York

1959 - Nellie Fox, Chicago

1958 - Jackie Jensen, Boston

1957 - Mickey Mantle, New York

1956 - Mickey Mantle, New York

1955 - Yogi Berra, New York

1954 - Yogi Berra, New York

1953 - Al Rosen, Cleveland

1952 - Bobby Shantz, Philadelphia

1951 - Yogi Berra, New York

1950 - Phil Rizzuto, New York

1949 - Ted Williams, Boston

1948 - Lou Boudreau, Cleveland

1947 - Joe DiMaggio, New York

1946 - Ted Williams, Boston

1945 - Hal Newhouser, Detroit

1944 - Hal Newhouser, Detroit

1943 - Spud Chandler, New York

1942 - Joe Gordon, New York

1941 - Joe DiMaggio, New York (this should've been Teddy Ballgames)

1940 - Hank Greenberg, Detroit

1939 - Joe DiMaggio, New York

1938 - Jimmie Foxx, Boston

1937 - Charlie Gehringer, Detroit (should've been Dimaggio's)

1936 - Lou Gehrig, New York

1935 - Hank Greenberg, Detroit

1934 - Mickey Cochrane, Detroit (STOLEN FROM LOU GEHRIG!!!)

1933 - Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia

1932 - Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia

1931 - Lefty Grove, Philadelphia

you forgot these other years where they had MVP awards in the AL:

1928 - Mickey Cochrane, Philadelphia

1927 - Lou Gehrig, New York

1926 - George Burns, Cleveland

1925 - Roger Peckinpaugh, Washington

1924 - Walter Johnson, Washington

1923 - Babe Ruth, New York

1922 - George Sisler, St. Louis

1914 - Eddie Collins, Philadelphia

1913 - Walter Johnson, Washington

1912 - Tris Speaker, Boston

1911 - Ty Cobb, Detroit

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whatever you say. Chief. Obviously, batting .321 with 34 HRs and 130 RBIS with a .375 OBP isn't even worth considering for an MVP candidate.

There is a reason it's called the Most Valuable Player award. It's the player judged to be most valuable to his team. Morneau on that offense was one of the main reasons the Twins won the division. Aside from Mauer, nobody created the type of presence offensively that picked up that team like Morneau did.

Jeter is deserving of the award too, just like Mauer is. Unfortunately, you only pick one player a year. So people who are deserving of the award don't get it. Life sucks. Get a helmet.

You should be happy with the baseball writers. They just proved wrong all the idiots that say there is an east coast bias with MVP voting. Besides, I'm sure these guys were such idiots for picking a Yankee last year for MVP right?

Nice post Mavrik

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whatever you say. Chief. Obviously, batting .321 with 34 HRs and 130 RBIS with a .375 OBP isn't even worth considering for an MVP candidate.

There is a reason it's called the Most Valuable Player award. It's the player judged to be most valuable to his team. Morneau on that offense was one of the main reasons the Twins won the division. Aside from Mauer, nobody created the type of presence offensively that picked up that team like Morneau did.

Jeter is deserving of the award too, just like Mauer is. Unfortunately, you only pick one player a year. So people who are deserving of the award don't get it. Life sucks. Get a helmet.

You should be happy with the baseball writers. They just proved wrong all the idiots that say there is an east coast bias with MVP voting. Besides, I'm sure these guys were such idiots for picking a Yankee last year for MVP right?

This is NOT a yankee thing. Morneau didn't have as good a season a 2 guys ON HIS OWN TEAM in Mauer and Santana even Joe Nathan had more win shares then him. not to mention Ortiz Dye Thome and Jeter. This is a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE choice.

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This is NOT a yankee thing. Morneau didn't have as good a season a 2 guys ON HIS OWN TEAM in Mauer and Santana even Joe Nathan had more win shares then him. not to mention Dye Thome and Jeter. This is a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE choice.

It is well known that most pitchers generally do not win the MVP awards. Which is what the Cy Young is supposed to be for. While I have advocated before for pitchers also being named MVP (Willie Hernandez was both Cy Young and MVP as a reliever in 84),it is hardly the case.

Put it to you this way. You take Morneau out of that Twins offense and you are left with only one good, consistent hitter. (Mauer) That 134 RBIs you lose makes a HUGE difference on a team like that and changes the Twins from AL Central champs to a merely competitive team.

Now, take Jeter out of the Yankee offense and what do you get? 8 other guys who hit the living s*** out of the ball. That's the difference. The Yankees can survive the season without Jeter, the Twins can't survive offensively without Morneau.

It's all about value to the team. Morneau's season was more valuable in an overall sense to the team than Jeter's was to the Yanks. I would have been fine with Jeter or Mauer being MVP had that been the case as I think both had great seasons and were deserving of consideration. But Morneau did and he deserves it.

MVPs shouldn't be that big of a deal. Considering how much of a focus the Yanks and their fans place on winning rings, MVPs should be an afterthought.

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whatever you say. Chief. Obviously, batting .321 with 34 HRs and 130 RBIS with a .375 OBP isn't even worth considering for an MVP candidate.

There is a reason it's called the Most Valuable Player award. It's the player judged to be most valuable to his team. Morneau on that offense was one of the main reasons the Twins won the division. Aside from Mauer, nobody created the type of presence offensively that picked up that team like Morneau did.

Jeter is deserving of the award too, just like Mauer is. Unfortunately, you only pick one player a year. So people who are deserving of the award don't get it. Life sucks. Get a helmet.

You should be happy with the baseball writers. They just proved wrong all the idiots that say there is an east coast bias with MVP voting. Besides, I'm sure these guys were such idiots for picking a Yankee last year for MVP right?

It is well known that most pitchers generally do not win the MVP awards. Which is what the Cy Young is supposed to be for. While I have advocated before for pitchers also being named MVP (Willie Hernandez was both Cy Young and MVP as a reliever in 84),it is hardly the case.

Put it to you this way. You take Morneau out of that Twins offense and you are left with only one good, consistent hitter. (Mauer) That 134 RBIs you lose makes a HUGE difference on a team like that and changes the Twins from AL Central champs to a merely competitive team.

Now, take Jeter out of the Yankee offense and what do you get? 8 other guys who hit the living s*** out of the ball. That's the difference. The Yankees can survive the season without Jeter, the Twins can't survive offensively without Morneau.

It's all about value to the team. Morneau's season was more valuable in an overall sense to the team than Jeter's was to the Yanks. I would have been fine with Jeter or Mauer being MVP had that been the case as I think both had great seasons and were deserving of consideration. But Morneau did and he deserves it.

MVPs shouldn't be that big of a deal. Considering how much of a focus the Yanks and their fans place on winning rings, MVPs should be an afterthought.

33 WIN SHARES to 27. It's not even close. Jeter was the CLEAR MVP. I couldn't complain with Mauer but this isn't Mauer. This is the STUPIDITY of the baseball writers showing itself yet again.

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It is well known that most pitchers generally do not win the MVP awards. Which is what the Cy Young is supposed to be for. While I have advocated before for pitchers also being named MVP (Willie Hernandez was both Cy Young and MVP as a reliever in 84),it is hardly the case.

Put it to you this way. You take Morneau out of that Twins offense and you are left with only one good, consistent hitter. (Mauer) That 134 RBIs you lose makes a HUGE difference on a team like that and changes the Twins from AL Central champs to a merely competitive team.

Now, take Jeter out of the Yankee offense and what do you get? 8 other guys who hit the living s*** out of the ball. That's the difference. The Yankees can survive the season without Jeter, the Twins can't survive offensively without Morneau.

It's all about value to the team. Morneau's season was more valuable in an overall sense to the team than Jeter's was to the Yanks. I would have been fine with Jeter or Mauer being MVP had that been the case as I think both had great seasons and were deserving of consideration. But Morneau did and he deserves it.

MVPs shouldn't be that big of a deal. Considering how much of a focus the Yanks and their fans place on winning rings, MVPs should be an afterthought.

That was NOT the case this year. Cano was out for a month 1/2, Sheffield and Matsui were out for practically the entire season, Arod struggled, Giambi hit only .250

Posada and Damon were the only consistent bats in the yankee lineup from start to finish, and even Damon was really streaky.

Jeter held the team toegether thru all the injuries. The production he puts up at the SS position makes him more valuable than a 1b in Morneau.

Oh and not to mention, Jeter put the dagger in the red sox during the 5 game sweep with the 2 biggest hits of the series.

This is a crock of sh#t.

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33 WIN SHARES to 27. It's not even close. Jeter was the CLEAR MVP. I couldn't complain with Mauer but this isn't Mauer. This is the STUPIDITY of the baseball writers showing itself yet again.

Takes more than just win shares to determine an MVP chief.

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I am upset that Max did not have a JetNation rep on location with Ham for his initial reaction.:)

That is good! Really good.

I have no problem with Jeter not winning it. He had a good year. But he gets penalized for having 12 other hall of famers on the team. The MVP award is funny that way.

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congrats to Morneau....both players had great seasons and both players deserved consideration. Jeter was second in a close vote and nobody was head and shoulders above the rest of the league. Not a biggie, lets worry about the Yanks winning #27

Tha's should be the reaction of the whole Yank organization. 2006 is over; get a 27th championship trophy in 2007.

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That was NOT the case this year. Cano was out for a month 1/2, Sheffield and Matsui were out for practically the entire season, Arod struggled, Giambi hit only .250

Posada and Damon were the only consistent bats in the yankee lineup from start to finish, and even Damon was really streaky.

Jeter held the team toegether thru all the injuries. The production he puts up at the SS position makes him more valuable than a 1b in Morneau.

Oh and not to mention, Jeter put the dagger in the red sox during the 5 game sweep with the 2 biggest hits of the series.

This is a crock of sh#t.

With all the Jeter ball washing that goes on, I was surprised he did not get it.

I wonder if his lack of being a leader hurts him? We have talked about many times about his lack of leadership ability.

Two years ago he did not say a word after Tek and Millar took shots. This past season when A-Rod was struggling and getting ripped by the media and teammates alike he did not say a word. Only GiamRoid said anything and that was to tell A-Rod to man-up.

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With all the Jeter ball washing that goes on, I was surprised he did not get it.

I wonder if his lack of being a leader hurts him? We have talked about many times about his lack of leadership ability.

Two years ago he did not say a word after Tek and Millar took shots. This past season when A-Rod was struggling and getting ripped by the media and teammates alike he did not say a word. Only GiamRoid said anything and that was to tell A-Rod to man-up.

We didn't talk about it, you did. I don't care if he wins MVP or not. I just want another winner. So far I like the direction. Young arms for questionable older bodies.

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This just in. Major League Baseball reports that they have overturned the decision to give Justin Morneau the MVP and instead give it directly to Derek Jeter. The reason? The wanted MadMike of the infamous JetNation to quit his pissin' and moanin' on the baseball board. More at 11.

Hows 3rd place treating ya?

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With all the Jeter ball washing that goes on, I was surprised he did not get it.

I wonder if his lack of being a leader hurts him? We have talked about many times about his lack of leadership ability.

Two years ago he did not say a word after Tek and Millar took shots. This past season when A-Rod was struggling and getting ripped by the media and teammates alike he did not say a word. Only GiamRoid said anything and that was to tell A-Rod to man-up.

Jeter has "led" his team to the postseason in every season he played. Yeah his leadership skills are lacking. If he was a Red Sox you would love him. You know, just like you once loved Nomar.

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