At about 1 PM today, mlb.com announced the AL MVP Award winner. Not everything was right, at first. I heard that mlb.com first reported Derek Jeter with 14 first-place votes, instead of the 12 he actually received. I also heard somebody say at school that he thought Jeter had won it.
Jeter did not win the award. Our own Justin Morneau won the award with a total of 320 points! Jeter finished second with 304 points. That is the 10th-closest race of all time. Joe Mauer finished 6th with 116 points and Johan Santana finished 7th with 114 points. Twins fans all wanted Morneau to win it, of course, but I don’t think any of us actually believed he would. Most of that is because of the east-coast bias that ESPN and mlb.com have. Two hours after it was announced Morneau had won it, the main picture was of Derek Jeter with the headline ‘It’s Debatable’.
There have been a lot of free agent signings over the past week or so. The highlights/big names include:
Alfonso Soriano OF – 8 years, $136 million. He’s a good player, but I don’t know if anybody is worth that much.
Henry Blanco (former Twins catcher) C – 2 years, $5 million. This makes the signing of Mike Redmond for 2 years, $2 million a lot better looking.
Frank Catalanotto Utility – 3 years, $13 million. Some thought he would be a good fit here, but apparently the Twins’ management didn’t think so.
Nomar Garciaparra 1B – 2 years, $18.5 million. Not sure if he’s worth it, but he’s definitely a good player
Mike Stanton RP – 2 years, $5.5 million. He was good in his prime, but I think he’s passed his prime right now.
Frank Thomas DH – 2 years, $18 million. I think he’ll decline pretty nicely and end up not being worth that much.
I’m sorry to say but I just can’t get into the Wild. I guess hockey just isn’t my thing. I’ll try and do a general report on how they’re doing, but no more game-by-game reports (not that I was sticking to that plan anyways). They’ve lost 6 of their last 9 and play the Canadiens tomorrow (Wednesday) night.
If you are a Seinfeld fan, you’d know that Michael Richards played the famous Kramer. If you aren’t a Seinfeld fan, go rent the seasons that are available; it’s a good show. Michael Richards was doing a stand-up act at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood on Friday night. A couple of audience members had been heckling him, and it appeared that Richards snapped. He started cussing and yelling and stuff. In the end, the fans walked out, and more fans that were not hecklers followed. It’s a sad thing that he couldn’t control himself, because now he is no longer allowed at the Laugh Factory. He went on the David Letterman show via satellite and made a very sincere apology, but not everybody is forgiving him. You could find the apology video with a simple search on youtube.com.
I’ll try and do a post every other day with the highlights of recent free agent signings, if there are any. Since my next post will be on Thursday, have a happy Thanksgiving everybody.