2017 Most Valuable Player Candidates

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The baseball season is past the quarter mark, and that means it’s time to take a look at the early frontrunners for the major awards. First up are the 2017 AL and NL MVP races.

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Justin Verlander Should Have 3 Cy Youngs

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Justin Verlander has a pretty solid case for the Hall of Fame: 2011 AL MVP, 2011 AL Cy Young, 6x All-Star, 2011 Triple Crown, 2006 AL Rookie of the Year, 2x Wins leader, 1x ERA leader, 4x Strikeouts leader, and 2 no-hitters. With a few more productive seasons, Verlander will firmly be on the fence of a Hall of Fame starting pitcher. What would’ve helped his case, however, immensely would be 3 Cy Young awards. Only 9 other people in the history of the game have at least 3 Cy Youngs and only one active pitcher does (Clayton Kershaw).  Continue reading

Final 2016 NL MVP Update

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I think it’s clear that the favorite for the NL MVP is 2015 NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant. He’s led the Cubs to over a 100 wins in their quest for a World Series title. Making a leap from Rookie of the Year to MVP is special in itself, as we’ve seen Trout and Harper both do it recently, but to do it in back-to-back seasons would be extremely remarkable. However, there are some other worthy candidates that deserve recognition.

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