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You can see how it all begins by looking into his eyes
“MVP conversations are for people who don’t understand the game,” Jackson said
“MVP conversations are for people who don’t understand the game,” Jackson said Wednesday at Comerica Park.
People under 40 tend to see the MVP as being Trout with the W.A.R. ratings. But people over 40 understand the Triple Crown that Miguel won this year, and know just how impressive that is.
2. People here don't seem to understand/believe this, but Cabrera isn't a horrible fielder. He's not as good as the best third basemen, but he's a "major-league caliber" third baseman. He's far from helpless out there.
Jackson, now an executive with the Yankees
I actually don't see Reggie as any more HOF deserving than Jim Rice. Meaning, not at all.
Then he had an MVP conversation.
Since he was picking on WAR in the article linked, we can look at that. He was, at the time he retired the 39th in career WAR for position players (and is now 55th compared to Rice's 204th). Just as offensive players (and Rice doesn't add anything defensively or on the basepaths over Reggie),
In the exhibition games ridiculously known as the World Series (where's the Netherlands?), Mr. Jackson hit:
357/457/755 with 10 HR in 116 PA
Jackson's teams played in 5 WS and won 4 of them. Even in the one they lost he hit 333/429/667.
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