Bruce Almighty

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Jay Bruce is doing something right to appease the baseball gods. Maybe he is giving them monthly sacrifices of young All-Star caliber players. Posey was the month of May’s sacrifice and it looks like Heyward could be the special for June.

The mighty Bruce is on a tear and campaigning early for the NL MVP. As of May 30, he’s currently leading two of the three triple crown batting categories. He leads the NL in home runs with 16 dingers. He is second in the entire MLB in Runs Batted In with 43. His batting average of 0.294 isn’t nearly what it’s trending towards (he hit 0.330 in the month of May). And he currently has 8 HR in his last 12 games (one off the Brewers tonight). He’s currently one of the hottest players in the League and, as of today, 2 Derby teams have taken notice (trading Vernon Wells for Bruce Almighty).

If Jay Bruce happens to keep up his MVP performance, it would be the 20th time in history (since the MVP was awarded in the modern era back in 1931) that an organization has repeated having the League’s MVP but having a different player win it the following year. It has been done 9 times in the American League. Mostly by the Yankees in the American League with four (the BrewCrew did have one tandem Rollie Fingers/Robin Yount in 1981-82). And it has been done 10 times in the National League. But the National League has been dominated by… surprise, surprise, the Cincinnati Reds whom have had 3 repeats (Joe Morgan/George Foster in 1976-77, Johnny Bench/Pete Rose in 1972-73, and a three-peat by Ernie Lombardi/Bucky Walters/Frank McCormick in 1938-40). So Joey Votto and Jay Bruce could make it four for the Reds organization which would tie them with the Yankees for the most repeat MVP’s by the same team but with different players winning the award.

Even if Jay Bruce doesn’t win the award, enjoy the rest of the show this season and be certain to keep an eye on Bruce as he matures over the next few seasons (he’s only 24).

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