I’m not sure whether there’s an unofficial date when we’re all supposed to start debating the MVP candidates, but the last off day before September call-ups seems to be as good as any.
For the Yankees, that means Curtis Granderson, whose all around game — power, speed, defense at a premium position — has him featured prominently in that discussion.
“There’s no question,” Rodriguez said. “When people compare him to other players, you can’t forget that he’s a center fielder and he’s playing a high-quality defense out there. He’s scoring a bunch of runs and RBIs. Those are the two most important stats in baseball. He’s helping a first-place team do what we’re doing. In my mind, he’s the MVP.”
Joe Girardi has been the manager plugging Granderson into the lineup every day.
“Nothing he does really surprises me any more,” Girardi said. “You just kind of expect him to do something great every day. Whether he’s facing a left-hander or a right-hander, you know that he’s going to put good at-bats, and he’s extremely dangerous.”
Granderson is the 30-year-old moving quickly among the game’s elite.
“It’s interesting how some of the stuff kind of takes shape,” Granderson said. “At the same time, the main thing each day is trying to do anything I can at any point, whether it be a sac bunt, hit-and-run, defense, steal a base, drive the baseball, to help this team win a ball game. And we’re trying to win as many as we can. The focus on that one as the most important game, like today was. Tomorrow’s an off day, much needed, and we come back to the park on Tuesday and our job mentally is going to be to get ourselves ready to help this team win, no matter how it happens to be.”
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