Anyone know the last time an MVP played for a World Champ? 1988 – Kirk Gibson. Blame it all you want on the extra tier of playoffs. But maybe the baseball gods are finding away to dish out some karma. That is a lot of postseasons. The extra tier probably has something to do with it, but also teams with the MVPs are often (by the now widely accepted definition/application) mediocore teams with player that "carries the team on his back" to the playoffs. Problem is, once the playoffs arrive, neutralize the MVP and you are left with a mediocore team. Deep teams with strong pitching win in the post season. Take the 2004 Sox - Ortiz did not really arrive as an MVP type until the postseason. Manny, who led the league in HR and OPS was a distant 3rd.
For so many of the last 25 years, I think us Boston fans have focused way too much on personal achievements. So while Clemens and Pedro were winning Cy Youngs, Mo was winning his MVP and we were bellyaching that Pedro was robbed in 1999, Boggs, Lansford and Nomar were winning batting titles, it made us feel better about not winning the ultimate prize. In essence, the individual accomplishments were nothing more than consolation prizes.
So if it takes Jeter winning the MVP to assure a joyless winter in the Bronx, then by all means cast your vote for the Yankee Captain.