Alex Rodriguez Wins AL MVP Award

Alex Rodriguez was awarded the American League MVP Award on Monday. This is his third MVP Award, and the second as a New York Yankee. Arod also became the fifth AL player in MLB history to win the award three times.

The decision should surprise no one. He was simply the most dominant player in the game in 2007. He had 143 runs and 156 RBIs – both career highs – and led the majors with 54 home runs while batting 0.314.

“New York has been a place of growth to me,” Rodriguez said on a conference call with reporters. “I really learned a lot as a player, and I’ve been able to become a better player in New York. To be able to win two MVPs in three years in that uniform — I’ve said it all along, New York is a great place and it’s been a privilege to wear that uniform. For me, it was a magical season, both on and off the field, coming together with my teammates in the clubhouse and in the community. To be able to put that type of year, it’s certainly a year that I’ll never forget.”

While Arod’s number speak for themselves, he didn’t win the award unanimously. Arod picked up 26 out of 28 first-place votes, while Detroit’s Magglio Ordonez came in second place, gathering the other two first-place votes. Vladimir Guerrero of the Los Angeles Angels came in third place, David Ortiz was in fourth place, and Mike Lowell finished in fifth.

While there is argument whether it was Alex Rodriguez who led the Yankees to their 13th consecutive playoffs, it still doesn’t dismiss the fact that Arod deserved to win this award.

Alex Rodriguez said this year’s award was more satisfying to him than either his 2003 AL MVP Award with the Rangers or his ’05 award with the Yankees. Well, of course he would say that. What player in his right mind would say that it wasn’t the best award when they are speaking in front of hundreds of reporters.

Did Alex Rodriguez help New York after they were 14 1/2 games behind in the AL East and eight games under 0.500 on May 29? Sure, he played a factor, but so did other players like Matsui and Robinson Cano.

While Rodriguez said he was proud of his MVP Award, he made sure to state that there was “definitely a huge hole” in his resume — namely, a World Series title. Said Alex Rodriguez, “It’s my third MVP, and I’m here to say that I would trade all three for one world championship,” Rodriguez said. “I wouldn’t think twice about it. The only reason we play this game, the reason I came to New York and the reason I have unfinished business in New York is because we haven’t won a world championship with me being there.”

Rodriguez became the youngest member of the 500-home run club on August 4, when he homered off Kansas City’s Kyle Davies. Arod’s accolades this season put him in the history books on more than one occasion. He would become the first player in MLB history to record at least 140 runs scored, hit 50 home runs, get 150 RBIs, and steal 20 bases in a single season.

Rodriguez’s MVP is the 20th won by a Yankees player since the honor was created in 1931. Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle are the only players to win it more than twice as Yankees, having done so three times.

Other interesting notes about this year’s AL MVP voting:

  • Three of Arod’s teammates, Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, and Bobby Abreu finished 6th, 11th, and 17th in the voting, respectively.
  • C.C. Sabathia, this year’s AL Cy Young Award winner, received one 7th place vote, one 8th place vote, and two 9th place votes, finishing 14th overall.
  • Josh Beckett received two 10th place votes, consistent with being second to C.C. Sabathia in the AL Cy Young Award race.
  • Interestingly, John Lackey finished ahead of Josh Beckett; Lackey received one 7th place vote, and Lackey finished ahead of Justin Morneau, Chone Figgins, and Placido Polanco.
  • Two players received 1st place votes (Arod and Magglio), four players received 2nd place votes (Arod, Magglio,Guerrero, Ortiz), and five players received 3rd place votes (Magglio, Guerrero, Ortiz, Lowell, and Carlos Pena).
  • The player with the most 10th place votes was Curtis Granderson; he finished 10th overall because he received one 4th place vote, two 5th place votes, and one 6th place vote.

~ by mlb2007playoffs on November 20, 2007.

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