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I was toying with a way to combine peak and career ratings around this time last year, and did position-by-position comparisons of peak and career players. My shortstops were Tulo and Omar Vizquel. Including 2013, by WAR, Vizquel's second-best season would be Tulo's sixth-best. And Vizquel's 16th-best season would be... Tulo's sixth-best.
McCutchen was about as good last year as this year (depends what you make of the defensive numbers) and was probably the best player in the NL last year, but he didn't win the MVP last year because the Pirates weren't in the playoffs, and won it this year because they were.
Troy Tulowitzki finished 17th, despite just 512 PAs this year. Tulo now has had six seasons of at least 500 PAs in his career, and has gotten MVP votes all six seasons. That's not too shabby.
They do let Denver writers vote all 6 years, ya know.
the Cabrera-Trout MVP voting rivalry is mostly about whose teammates are better
I made no judgments on whether Griffey deserved more than one MVP award; I would agree he probably did not. Had you polled sportswriters anywhere from 1996 through 1999 on the question "who is the best player in the American League?" I would bet the majority of them would have said Griffey. He was THE star in the game, at least until McGwire and Sosa in 1998.
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