The last four Yankees to win the four major MLB awards.
Over the course of their history, the New York Yankees have had countless players take home awards and recognized for their play on the field. And just think about he many others who were robbed!
There are four major awards handed out each November by Major League Baseball. The MVP Award, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year are announced by MLB prior to Thanksgiving. The Yankees are no stranger to such accolades, but it’s been quite some time since a Bomber took home a few of these.
Can someone take home more hardware after the truncated 2020 season? Let’s take a look at who last won these awards for the NYY and determine which ones the franchise needs to bring back to the Bronx.
Most Valuable Player: Alex Rodriguez (2007)
Alex Rodriguez had his most impressive season in Pinstripes.
For the second time in two years and third time five, the former Yankees third basemen took home the MVP Award for his offensive explosion in 2007. He led the American League in six offensive categories and became the first player in MLB history to have at least 35 home runs, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored for 10 straight seasons.
He clubbed 54 home runs, including his 500th career shot on Aug. 4 against the Kansas City Royals, drove in 156 runs and had 85 extra-base hits. He had a slash line of .314/.422/.610 with a career-high 1.067 OPS. He also finished with a 9.4 WAR.
Rodriguez started hot that season and never looked back. He had 14 home runs in the Yankees first 18 games and he hit is 150th home run in Pinstripes in July.
Prior to the season, he lost significant weight, changed his stance and became the league’s most dangerous hitter. His regular-season success did not carry over to the playoffs, however, as he went 4-for-15 in the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians, which the Yankees lost in four games.
Rodriguez received 26 out of 28 of the first-place votes for MVP to beat out Magglio Ordonez of the Chicago White Sox by a landslide. He also took home the Silver Slugger Award.
Months later, the Yankees and A-Rod agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract and he would never hit more than 35 home runs in a single campaign again in his career, making 2007 his most productive regular season as a Yankee.