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Saturday, November 16, 2013

MVP observations 1931-2013. Some are very cool.

Some of this is impacted a lot by geography.  Through 1952 there were 16 major league teams in only 10 cities.  In recent years there have been 30 teams in 28 cities.

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Same city, same year:


JimmieFoxx1932ALPhiladelphia As1B
ChuckKlein1932NLPhiladelphia PhilliesRF


LouGehrig1936ALNew York Yankees1B
CarlHubbell1936NLNew York GiantsP

JoeDiMaggio1941ALNew York YankeesCF
DolphCamilli1941NLBrooklyn Dodgers1B

YogiBerra1951ALNew York YankeesC
RoyCampanella1951NLBrooklyn DodgersC

YogiBerra1954ALNew York YankeesC
WillieMays1954NLNew York GiantsCF

YogiBerra1955ALNew York YankeesC
RoyCampanella1955NLBrooklyn DodgersC

MickeyMantle1956ALNew York YankeesCF
DonNewcombe1956NLBrooklyn DodgersP

NellieFox1959ALChicago White Sox2B
ErnieBanks1959NLChicago CubsSS

Same player, different leagues:

FrankRobinson1961NLCincinnati RedsRF
FrankRobinson1966ALBaltimore OriolesRF

Same player, same team, different cities:

WillieMays1954NLNew York GiantsCF
WillieMays1965NLSan Francisco GiantsCF

Player with multiple teams:

Jimmie Foxx: Philadelphia As (2), Boston Red Sox
Frank Robinson: Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles
Barry Bonds: Pittsburgh Pirates (2), San Francisco Giants (5)
Alex Rodriguez: Texas Rangers, New York Yankees (2)

Player at different positions:

HankGreenberg1935ALDetroit Tigers1B
HankGreenberg1940ALDetroit TigersLF

StanMusial1943NLSt. Louis CardinalsRF
StanMusial1946NLSt. Louis Cardinals1B
StanMusial1948NLSt. Louis CardinalsRF

RobinYount1982ALMilwakee BrewersSS
RobinYount1989ALMilwakee BrewersCF

AlexRodriguez2003ALTexas RangersSS
AlexRodriguez2005ALNew York Yankees3B
AlexRodriguez2007ALNew York Yankees3B

Only tie:

KeithHernandez1979NLSt. Louis Cardinals1B
WillieStargell1979NLPittsburgh PiratesLF

1931 through 2013 there have been 167 players selected by the writers as most valuable, including the tie in 1979.


by position
POS Count From To MinTeam MaxTeam
1B 29 1932 2010 .522 .667
LF 22 1937 2011 .500 .675
RF 21 1932 2004 .472 .716
P 21 1931 2011 .513 .704
3B 17 1947 2013 .534 .636
CF 16 1939 2013 .500 .702
C 16 1934 2012 .534 .682
SS 15 1944 2007 .414 .682
2B 10 1931 2008 .578 .669


Teams
Rank Count
1 113
2 31
3 8
4 8
5 3
6 2


Lowest ranked Teams
Rank year name First Last WLrate
4 1932 Philadelphia Phillies Chuck Klein .506
4 1937 St. Louis Cardinals Joe Medwick .526
4 1938 Cincinnati Reds Ernie Lombardi .547
5 1952 Chicago Cubs Hank Sauer .500
4 1952 Philadelphia Athletics Bobby Shantz .513
5 1958 Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks .468
5 1959 Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks .481
4 1977 Minnesota Twins Rod Carew .522
6 1987 Chicago Cubs Andre Dawson .472
4 1989 Milwaukee Brewers Robin Yount .500
6 1991 Baltimore Orioles Cal Ripken .414
4 2003 Texas Rangers Alex Rodriguez .438
4 2008 St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols .531


.500 or lower
Rank year name First Last WLrate
6 1991 Baltimore Orioles Cal Ripken .414
4 2003 Texas Rangers Alex Rodriguez .438
5 1958 Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks .468
6 1987 Chicago Cubs Andre Dawson .472
5 1959 Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks .481
4 1989 Milwaukee Brewers Robin Yount .500
5 1952 Chicago Cubs Hank Sauer .500

Four of seven .500 or lower are Chicago Cubs.


by Team
Num Yeam Start First End Last MinTeam MaxTeam
20 New York Yankees 1936 Gehrig 2007 Rodriguez .580 .702
17 St. Louis Cardinals 1931 Frisch 2009 Pujols .526 .688
13 San Francisco Giants 1933 Hubbell 2012 Posey .556 .636
12 Cincinnati Reds 1938 Lombardi 2010 Votto .543 .667
11 Detroit Tigers 1934 Cochrane 2013 Cabrera .543 .656
11 Oakland Athletics 1931 Grove 2002 Tejada .513 .704
10 Los Angeles Dodgers 1941 Camilli 1988 Gibson .584 .682
10 Boston Red Sox 1938 Foxx 2008 Pedroia .513 .675
8 Chicago Cubs 1935 Hartnett 1998 Sosa .468 .649
7 Pittsburgh Pirates 1960 Groat 2013 McCutchen .547 .617
7 Philadelphia Phillies 1932 Klein 2007 Rollins .506 .591
6 Atlanta Braves 1947 Elliott 1999 Jones .543 .636
6 Texas Rangers 1974 Burroughs 2010 Hamilton .438 .586
5 Baltimore Orioles 1964 Robinson 1991 Ripken .414 .667
5 Minnesota Twins 1965 Versalles 2009 Mauer .522 .630
4 Chicago White Sox 1959 Fox 1994 Thomas .565 .610
4 Milwaukee Brewers 1981 Fingers 2011 Braun .500 .593
2 Cleveland Indians 1948 Boudreau 1953 Rosen .597 .626
2 Anaheim Angels 1979 Baylor 2004 Guerrero .543 .568
2 Seattle Mariners 1997 Griffey 2001 Suzuki .556 .716
1 Colorado Rockies 1997 Walker 1997 Walker .512 .512
1 Houston Astros 1994 Bagwell 1994 Bagwell .574 .574
1 Toronto Blue Jays 1987 Bell 1987 Bell .593 .593
1 San Diego Padres 1996 Caminiti 1996 Caminiti .562 .562
1 Kansas City Royals 1980 Brett 1980 Brett .599 .599

Four teams have never had an MVP:
New York Mets - 52 seasons since 1962
Tampa Rays - 21 seasons since 1993
Miami/Forida Marlins - 21 seasons since 1993
Arizona Diamondbacks - 17 seasons since 1997


26 Multiple winners
Num First Last Team First Last MinTeam MaxTeam
7 Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 1990 2004 .556 .636
3 Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox 1932 1938 .523 .610
3 Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees 1939 1947 .630 .702
3 Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 1943 1948 .552 .682
3 Yogi Berra New York Yankees 1951 1955 .623 .669
3 Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers 1951 1955 .618 .682
3 Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 1956 1962 .593 .636
3 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 1980 1986 .534 .562
3 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees 2003 2007 .438 .586
3 Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 2005 2009 .531 .617
2 Carl Hubbell New York Giants 1933 1936 .597 .599
2 Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers 1935 1940 .584 .616
2 Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers 1944 1945 .571 .575
2 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 1946 1949 .623 .675
2 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants 1954 1965 .586 .630
2 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs 1958 1959 .468 .481
2 Roger Maris New York Yankees 1960 1961 .630 .673
2 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles 1961 1966 .604 .606
2 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds 1970 1972 .617 .630
2 Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 1975 1976 .630 .667
2 Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers 1982 1989 .500 .586
2 Dale Murphy Atlanta Braves 1982 1983 .543 .549
2 Cal Ripken Baltimore Orioles 1983 1991 .414 .605
2 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox 1993 1994 .580 .593
2 Juan Gonzalez Texas Rangers 1996 1998 .543 .556
2 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 2012 2013 .543 .574
Most recent team shown.  Hubbell and Newhouser are the only pitchers to win twice.

Willie Mays appears to have the biggest spread between win: 11 years.  Barry Bonds has a 14 year spread between his first and last.

Ted Williams finished second in his two triple crown seasons (1942, 1947) but won two other times.  Lou Gehrig finished fifth his triple crown season (1934) but won in 1936.

Same position both leagues:
Pitcher
Year POS FirstAL LastAL TeamAL FirstNL LastNL TeamNL
1968 P Denny McLain Detroit Tigers Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals


Catcher
Year POS FirstAL LastAL TeamAL FirstNL LastNL TeamNL
1951 C Yogi Berra New York Yankees Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers
1955 C Yogi Berra New York Yankees Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers


First Base
Year POS FirstAL LastAL TeamAL FirstNL LastNL TeamNL
1994 1B Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros
2006 1B Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies


Third Base
Year POS FirstAL LastAL TeamAL FirstNL LastNL TeamNL
1964 3B Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles Ken Boyer St. Louis Cardinals
1980 3B George Brett Kansas City Royals Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies


Left Field
Year POS FirstAL LastAL TeamAL FirstNL LastNL TeamNL
1990 LF Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics Barry Bonds Pittsburgh Pirates


Right Field
Year POS FirstAL LastAL TeamAL FirstNL LastNL TeamNL
1961 RF Roger Maris New York Yankees Frank Robinson Cincinnati Reds
1966 RF Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
1998 RF Juan Gonzalez Texas Rangers Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs

Switch Hitters 12 times:


yearID lgID nameFirst nameLast POS Rank name
1931 NL Frankie Frisch 2B 1 St. Louis Cardinals
1956 AL Mickey Mantle CF 1 New York Yankees
1957 AL Mickey Mantle CF 1 New York Yankees
1962 AL Mickey Mantle CF 1 New York Yankees
1962 NL Maury Wills SS 2 Los Angeles Dodgers
1971 AL Vida Blue P 1 Oakland Athletics
1973 NL Pete Rose LF 1 Cincinnati Reds
1985 NL Willie McGee CF 1 St. Louis Cardinals
1991 NL Terry Pendleton 3B 1 Atlanta Braves
1996 NL Ken Caminiti 3B 1 San Diego Padres
1999 NL Chipper Jones 3B 1 Atlanta Braves
2007 NL Jimmy Rollins SS 1 Philadelphia Phillies

Same season, same year: 1962 - Mickey Mantle and Maury Wills.

Shortest:
66 inches
yearID lgID nameFirst nameLast POS
1952 AL Bobby Shantz P
1950 AL Phil Rizzuto SS


Tallest:
77 inches
yearID lgID nameFirst nameLast POS
1978 NL Dave Parker RF
2011 AL Justin Verlander P
1994 AL Frank Thomas 1B
1993 AL Frank Thomas 1B
2009 AL Joe Mauer C

Detroit Tigers have won three in a row, which has been done several times by other teams.  However, four in a row has been only twice and five consecutive only once.


Four consecutive
yearID lgID nameFirst nameLast name POS
1954 AL Yogi Berra New York Yankees C
1955 AL Yogi Berra New York Yankees C
1956 AL Mickey Mantle New York Yankees CF
1957 AL Mickey Mantle New York Yankees CF
1958 AL Jackie Jensen Boston Red Sox RF
1959 AL Nellie Fox Chicago White Sox 2B
1960 AL Roger Maris New York Yankees RF
1961 AL Roger Maris New York Yankees RF
1962 AL Mickey Mantle New York Yankees CF
1963 AL Elston Howard New York Yankees C

The New York Yankees did it twice in a ten year period.


Five consecutive
yearID lgID nameFirst nameLast name POS
2000 NL Jeff Kent San Francisco Giants 2B
2001 NL Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants LF
2002 NL Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants LF
2003 NL Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants LF
2004 NL Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants LF

Of course, Barry Bonds accounted for four consecutive all by himself, so it's almost like cheating.


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