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Jeter Wins Hank Aaron Award
By mvyb, 26.10.2006, 11:24

More regular season awards for Yankee players. Man, I would've given these all up for some rings.

Fans broke tradition with their vote for Jeter. In his best individual season since 1999, the Yankees captain batted .343 in falling just short of the American League batting title won by Minnesota's Joe Mauer. Jeter stole a career-high 34 bases, hit 14 homers, had 214 hits, scored 118 runs, drove in 97 more and provided an important offensive consistency to a team that wound up with its ninth consecutive American League East title.

"I sort of feel out of place," Jeter said to the amusement of all attendees. "With Hank Aaron, the first thing that comes to mind is home runs. Ryan Howard the same thing. So when people said what award I was going to win, I stuck my chest out, and I said, 'You know, the Hank Aaron Award. What do you think?'"

When asked later by reporters if he would be surprised should the AL MVP Award go his way as well instead of to expected competitor David Ortiz of the rival Red Sox, Jeter said, "I'm surprised I'm here right now."

I agree with Jeter, I was really surprised to learn he won the award. Look at past winners, all powerful sluggers- Barry Bonds ( 3 time-winner), David Ortiz, Andruw Jones, Alex Rodriguez ( 3 time-winner), Manny Ramirez ( two time-winner), Albert Pujols, Todd helton, Carlos Delgado, and Sammy Sosa.
So what was so impressive about Jeter's year that made the fans break away from tradition?
Home Runs RBI Runs Scored Stolen Bases Batting Average Hits
  14  97   118   34   .344  214
It's not that Jeter did one thing ( like hitting homers) well, it's that he did everything well. He hit everyone ( .390 against lefties, .328 against righties), everywhere ( .354 home average, .334 road average). Jeter was clutch ( .381 batting average with runners in scoring position ) and dependable ( .345 batting average before the All Star break, .342 batting average after the All Star break).
Plus, you can't forget that he came in second in the AL batting title race, stole a career-high 34 bases, and smacked 200+ hits for the fifth time since entering the big leagues in 1995.
The Hank Aaron award is "awarded annually to the best overall offensive performer." In my humble opinion, the voters made the correct decision... but then again, I'm a very biased Yankee fan.
However there are also other bloggers who can prove why DJ did deserve the Hank Aaron award.
Choose your side and start reading.

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mvyb, 26.10.2006, 12:05

Hmmm... why did you have trouble registering? You're not the first person to tell me they had trouble, but I can't seem to find the problem.

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Peter N.(Guest), 26.10.2006, 11:51

I had trouble registering, but you are bookmarked and I will stop in every day during this off season winter to come. And thanks so much for the link. So much to write about in this off season. I can't wait!

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