Nov
30

Jeter named SI’s Sportsman of the Year

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We first heard about this over the weekend, but now it’s official: Sports Illustrated named Derek Jeter their 2009 Sportsman of the Year. Amazingly, Jeter becomes the first Yankee to win the award in the 56 years they’ve been handing it out. Not only did Jetes lead the Yanks their 27th World Championship, but he also passed Lou Gehrig for first place on the team’s all-time hit list. Congrats to the Cap’n, maybe an MVP will be next.

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  • Rose

    …and rightfully so.

  • Rose

    maybe an MVP will be next.

    Who was the last 36+ year old to win the MVP who has never been linked to steroids?

    Just curious…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Rollie Fingers in 1981 at age 34 is the closest I can come.

      • Rose

        Well I guess if anybody could change the pattern…it’s Derek Jeter. After all, no team with a shortstop Jeter’s age has won the World Series in some ridiculous amount of time…until Jeter changed that this year.

    • JGS

      Willie Stargell, 1979 (39 years old). He tied for the award with Keith Hernandez, but it still counts

      • JGS

        Mike Schmidt was 36 when he won in 1986 also

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          Damn. Skipped right over him.

        • Rose

          We’re assuming these guys were all clean just because of the time period they played in. They could have very well been using PED’s of some sort…as could Jeter for that matter.

          • JGS

            blasphemy!

            I mean, I completely agree. People have drawn the line between greenies of some kind and anabolic steroids but technically even caffeine is a performance-enhancing drug.

            • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              The more ridiculous line that’s been drawn is this idea that steroids didn’t exist before the late 80s/early 90s. Steroid use became prevalent among bodybuilders in the 60s and they (the drugs) had been around long before then.

              • Rose

                I agree…I wrote a longer version of what I wrote above but for some reason it was blocked and didn’t show up when I hit “add comment”…it included just that and more. This has happened a few times to me…not sure what’s going on but oh well.

            • Rose

              I also just tried adding an SAT Analogy in the correct formation stating “Adderall is to College as Steroids is to Baseball” with the colons and what not…but it didn’t post it…nothing happened. Weird. haha.

            • Stuckey

              Cortisone is a steroid too…

              And I’ll betcha anything pro baseball players pop over the counter painkillers like Advil like candy.

              But we’ve apparently drawn a line between drugs for treating pain and injury (which if you think of a player’s baseline ability at the time of use, can easily be argued as “performance enhancing”), and drugs for boosting ability sans injury.

              But practically is it really any different?

              All give you the ability to perform at a level you might not be able to otherwise.

              • Ed

                But we’ve apparently drawn a line between drugs for treating pain and injury (which if you think of a player’s baseline ability at the time of use, can easily be argued as “performance enhancing”), and drugs for boosting ability sans injury.

                But practically is it really any different?

                Yes, it is different. The drugs that are allowed suppress immune reactions, causing your body to do less than it normally does. You feel better but heal slower.

                The banned drugs prompt your body to suppress its natural restraints and do more than it normal does. Completely opposite effect.

                • Stuckey

                  Playing with less pain is not performance enhancing?

                  If it allows someone to play where normally the could not because of pain, or allows someone to repeat their proper mechanics without alteration due to pain, then I’m still not sure I see the difference.

                  Injury and/or pain is a natural occurance. It’s part of professional sports… any sports for that matter.

                  I don’t see how using drugs to suppress that natural occurance is any more or less an advantage.

          • Marcos

            They could, Jeter couldn’t. Simple as that. If there’s one player whose clean it’s Jetes, or Mo, but that’s about as far as that list goes:

    • Thomas

      I’m going to say Eckersley in 1992 at age 37 (unless there are PED rumors about him that I just haven’t heard of).

      • Rose

        I’m going to say Eckersley in 1992 at age 37 (unless there are PED rumors about him that I just haven’t heard of).

        Well he’s accurately depicted as a cocaine user because anybody with a mustache in the 70’s or 80’s used and abused cocaine.

        /Unfairly Stereotype’d

        • Rose

          Well he’s accurately depicted as a cocaine user because anybody with a mustache LIVING AT ALL in the 70’s or 80’s used and abused cocaine.

          /Unfairly Stereotype’d

          Fixed.

  • dkidd

    the yankees were such a deep and balanced team this year, it actually feels harder to make a case for jeter (or tex or a-rod) as TEAM mvp than league mvp (which of course makes no sense, i’m just saying…)

    • dkidd

      but sportsman of the year is awesome and deserved