Which MVP Candidate Did Mark Feinsand Vote For?

Mark Feinsand’s “Blogging the Bombers” blog in the Daily News is one of the best, so I went straight to the source to find out who will win the big award. 
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(That’s Mark on the right. Not sure who his friend is.)
Will it be….
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Or…
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Or…
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Or even….
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I asked Mark which player he voted for. As you’ll see, I really, really tried to get answers, but I guess I’m a really, really lame reporter.
Update: Congratulations, Joe Mauer! (And interesting that Tex came in second ahead of Jeter.)

18 Comments

Jane,

This might be one of the closest votes in a long time.
Might come down to the simple fact as if people within the game have:
A) Forgiven one man’s past mistakes,
B) Another man’s team crumbling around him,
C) or give it to a guy who overcame time, injury and pressure to lead his team to the playoffs.

I am not an A Rod supporter, but I also understand the reasonings for what he did. And his final push into becoming that postseason guy might make him close….
Joe Mauer just had a monster year, and might be the sentimental favorite…..
Miguel Cabrera’s team faltered at the wrong time and he also did not rise up and take charge, and that will be remembered in some minds.

I guess my vote would be:……..Read between the lines above. I am a sentimental guy.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

I have a feeling it is going to be Joe Mauer. Personally I think it should be Teixera. He made the rest of the infield better with his fancy glove work, he was tied for the most hom runs in the AL and didn’t he also have the most RBI’s? I don’t think the Yankees could have made it to the play-offs without him and that makes him pretty valuable.

Also Mark Feinsand is looking pretty trim.

I hope all the readers here who work in an office enjoy their short week. I know I will!

Excellent points by you both. Got a feelin’ that Mauer will squeeze it out, just like Morneau did it to Jeet a few years ago…but the REAL winner should be Tex. His defense transformed our infield. You’ve heard my song before…but with Cano and Jeet able to play more naturally, and Tex catching every off-target throw…I believe that it helped Jeet to relax at the PLATE more also. Now, as for offense…okay, A-Rod’s return helped Tex relax, and gave him more/better pitches to hit, but he HIT ‘em! So, regardless of who “wins,” we know who the REAL MVP is!!

Great cases can be made for all the leading candidates. I think Tex was huge for the Yanks.

BTW, loved the comment about the CC diet in the video!
Melissa

Hard for me to decide to between Jeet and Mauer. My heart says Jeter but Mauer had a killer year. Had he not missed the first month I’d be all about Mauer but I’d be at least somewhat disappointed if Jeter’s heroic season wasn’t recognized by this award. Wish I had a vote but sorta glad I don’t right now.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Renegade, you are a sentimental guy and I can certainly understand why Mauer is your pick. His stats don’t lie and the fact that he’s a catcher on top of all the offense is hard to beat. But we shall see.

Another Mauer vote, Cheshirecat? I guess he’ll win but I agree wholeheartedly about what a valuable member of the Yankees Tex was this year. The offense and the glove work was the missing piece that led the Yanks to a World Championship (not counting the pitching, which had a little something to do with it). Yes, doesn’t Mark look positively svelte?

I agree that Tex made the other infielders look better, Dave. When I think about all those errants throws to first that he miraculously stretched for or dug out of the dirt, I’d give him my vote for sure. But I’ll be shocked if Mauer doesn’t win it.

Glad you liked the line about the CC diet, Melissa. I actually had another line before it where Mark says he’s on the Brian Bruney diet, but it got deleted thanks to my ineptitude!

Mauer did have a killer year, Jeff. And I guess it was “more killer” than Jeet’s year, even though when you factor in Jeter’s age and his longevity at his position and….Oh, well. I’m glad I don’t have to vote too.

So much for it being close …one shy of unanimous for Mauer. I really thought Tex or DJ would have gotten a few first place votes. It had to be a Detroit guy who gave the only other lst place vote to Cabrera (not Melky ..haha). I have no problem with Mauer getting it ..he had one heck of a year. Cano even got 12 points but that amazes me since Mo only got 17 …Mo’s only 5 points higher than Robbie for MVP?? In the end …our guys got the best award of all …the Championship Ring. I’m sure not one of them would trade for an individual award.

Tonight I’m going to the Red Carpet event at the Zeigfeld to relive the Championship. I read Cash, Joe G and our “beloved” announcers…Kay, Sterling & Waldman will be there too. I wonder if Sterling will shout “THEEEEEEE Yankees Win” after the movie ends… :o). Unfortunately I didn’t read about any players attending the event. In any case it should be fun because to me anything Yankee related is fun. If I get a chance I’ll ask Cash about which
players the Yankees are considering. I’ll tell him that I’m a correspondent for She-Fan and I’m sure he’ll answer all my questions….

If I don’t comment before the holiday …Happy Thanksgiving to all….may it be safe, happy and full of love.

Go Yankees 2010 !!!

Wasn’t a Detroit reporter ..it was a Japanese reporter based in Seattle for the Kyodo News who voted for Cabrera. What was he thinking???

Go Yankees 2010 !!!!

Not close is right, Peggy. More like a landslide. Some of the votes were head-scratchers, especially the Cano vs. Mo, as you pointed out. And yes, the lone vote for Cabrera came from the writer from Seattle. LOL. I’m so envious that you’ll be at the event tonight. I know some players will be there, so please stop by with a report if you get a chance. And definitely tell Cash you’re a correspondent with this blog and I’m sure he’ll answer all your questions. HAHAHA. Have fun!

you know what bothers me? that somehow Mariano Rivera, possibly the most valuable yankee of the last 15 years, never gets the respect he deserves from either the MVP or CY voters. I’m sure it bothers us more than it bothers him, but that just shows what an amazing team player he is…anyway– my take on MVP here–

http://www.michaelfierman.net/_/Blog/Entries/2009/11/23_MY_MVP.html

It bothers me too, Mike. But he’ll be a first ballot HOF-er and I hope I can be in Cooperstown for his induction. Who’d want to miss that? We should make our reservations now!

I have to say they made the right choice Mauer was the man in 2009.

Cob
http://cobf.mlblogs.com

He was the man, Cob. When you get that many first place votes, you’ve got to be doing something right!

Jane,
As much as I am in love with Tex (my 17 year old son and my husband have “threatened” to buy me a lifesize cutout of Tex for Christmas!), I do feel that Joe Mauer was deserving of the MVP award. That said, if it hadn’t been for Tex holding down the fort before A-Rod returned, along with all of those absolutely spectacular plays at first, we wouldn’t have made the playoffs. Mo, as always, is our MVP. In fact, there has never been a more important player for any team, ever! I have to believe that most people don’t appreciate closers, but come on, MO? Our only consolation is that WE WON this year!

I think your husband and son should buy you a Tex bobble head doll at the very least, Kathleen! (Do they even make them?) I agree with all your comments. Mauer was deserving and Tex was sensational and Mo will forever be our MVP!

Geez, the bronzer and coloring job on A-Rod! I almost had to find sunglasses when looking at that photo…

No regional bias on my end, but Mauer strung together what could’ve been a disaster of a season with a Spring Training injury into one where he became the Twins’ leader. Local boy done good, indeed!

http://heirloom.mlblogs.com

Yeah, A-Rod was coloring his hair last season, Randy. Glad he got rid of the blond. It wasn’t a good look for him. LOL. Mauer absolutely deserved the award yesterday. No question. I was surprised it wasn’t unanimous. What was that guy in Seattle smoking?

Neck-tight vote over there. Mauer has always been my first choice but Jeter had a commendable seasons. Both these two were on a rampage for the top honors and I couldn’t clearly point out who the winner would be. Fair tight vote it was! – Jordan

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