Just in time for Christmas, baseball card company Jewish Major Leaguers announced today its MOT MVPs for 2009. Any guesses?
No real surprise with the everyday player topping that list: the Hebrew Hammer, Ryan Braun:
the slugging left-fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. Braun’s .319 Batting Average and 32 homers were tops among Jewish players, and his 203 hits led the National League in that category- a “first” in Jewish baseball history.
Braun’s father is an Israeli-born Jew.
JML’s choice as pitcher of the year is Texas Rangers right-hander Scott Feldman. In his fifth season, and second as a starter, Feldman went 17-8, with a 4.08 ERA. His 17 wins were the most for a Jewish starter since Steve Stone of Baltimore in 1980.
The JML awards tradition began last season, when the winners were Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis and Pirates reliever John Grabow.