The Yankees Unobstructed — July 12

It’s All-Star week, which can only mean two things — 1. A hefty chunk of Yankees are playing for a national audience, and 2. It’s time for the BxNN Mid-Summer Yankee awards!Let’s start with the good stuff….MVP: Robinson Cano may very well be the American League’s MVP, and he’s certainly the best player on the Yankees. He’s at or near the top of several statistical indicators of greatness, including (but not limited to) Gracefulness (11.83 GPS), the Nice Hair Index (98th percentile) and Brightest Smile.Best Run Campaign: When the race for the final American League All-Star spot came down to Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher and Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, you knew things would get dirty. Swisher took the lead after he released a campaign video (if anyone can find a link to this, please let me know), but you knew Swisher was a lock when Kevin Youkilis got an unexpected campaign plea from John Kerry.Most Exciting Contributor: Out of nowhere, Francisco Cervelli has become everyone’s favorite sparkplug.

Bronx News Roundup, July 12

There were four shootings in the city on Sunday morning, two in the Bronx.Seven months later, Glory of Christ Church in Parkchester has reopened after a satanic arsonist, who has yet to be apprehended, torched the place.The NY Post reports that students at Monroe College are defaulting on their government-backed loans at an unusually high rate. On BoogieDowner, a Norwood resident calls out people who have misused parking placards in Norwood and Bedord Park.The family of Albert Hartzog, want the Bronx teenager suspected of murdering him, put to death.Apparently, the teen was upset that Hartzog, who lived the teen’s mother, had canceled the cable TV. Bob Shepphard, the Yankees’ legendary public address announcer – who Reggie Jackson called the “Voice of God” – died on Sunday at the age of 99. A doctor with the Bronx’s Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine reflects on his program’s success making sure HIV-infected mothers don’t pass on the virus to their children. [Note: thanks to intern Samantha Delgado-Perez for compiling these stories and links.]