The Other Chris H. posed this question during yesterday’s game, and I initially planned on tacking it as a full length post. However, I felt that an in-depth post on the issue would be better served by waiting until after the season, when the variables stop shifting. Instead, I will briefly list the names I believe people will raise with a brief blurb as to their case, and will then turn the discussion over to you in the comments. The names listed are people that I have heard mentioned in the same sentence as the word MVP. There are a few that I disagree with, but I list them because I know that they will be brought up. There will also be a poll in the sidebar to the right.
1) Derek Jeter: Jeter leads the team in WAR, and is having a stellar season both at the plate and in the field. If you believe in the MVP as the guy who it would hurt the team most to lose for a full season (ie the replacement player theory), Jeter is probably your guy.
2) Mark Teixeira: After a rough April, he has been the rock in the center of this lineup. He has a number of big hits, and seems to have saved a number of games with his glove. He is near the league leaders in home runs and RBI’s.
3) Alex Rodriguez: His case is simple, and it has nothing to do with statistics. He has been incredibly clutch, and the team has won at a startling pace since his return.
4) AJ Burnett: While the rest of the pitching staff was struggling to find its way, Burnett put together a dominant run and helped keep the bullpen fresh.
5) Alfredo Aceves: He has provided great, versatile relief work and really turned this bullpen around. There is incredible v alue in a guy who can give you plenty of quality length out of the bullpen.
6) Phil Hughes: Has taken hold of the 8th inning, shut down the calls for Joba to head to the bullpen, and has been credited by many, such as Jorge Posada, for the feeling that games are now over if the Yankees are leading in the latter stages of a contest.
7) Mariano Rivera: Still awesome, still shutdown. He is the one piece that no other team can match.