Posted by MikeT23 on 3/18/2014 9:43:00 AM (view original):
I suppose a .280 hitter with 30 homers who never walks and strikes out a lot could be a MVP. I can't imagine how bad everyone else would have to be offensively for that to happen but I guess it could. Otherwise, there's no reason to believe he's figured something out. He hasn't had a spike in walks or drastic decrease in whiffs. And that's what has to happen for him to be something else.
other than his MVP season, Josh Hamilton has only hit .300 once
Juan-Gone fits that description and did it twice
Finally, in the guys from the past few decades category:
Enough said? Dude was 30 with 3700+ plate appearances coming into the 1991 season. .259/.308/.356. That's all.
I was the first one to jump on jtp for saying Jones was an MVP. And part of it is because modern Sabermetrics mean a season like Pendleton had in 1991 probably isn't an MVP season. But let's not act like it's that absurd.