Common sense things to consider for post WWII players:
- If a player did not win an MVP or Cy Young award, why not?
- If a player won a MVP or Cy Young award, ask why not put him into the Hall of Fame, especially if he won more than one; see Dale Murphy and Bret Saberhagen but not Roger Maris who had only one more good season but needed about eight more.
|41.||Edgar Martinez (18)||147||R|
|Willie McCovey+ (22)||147||L|
|Mike Schmidt+ (18)||147||R|
|Willie Stargell+ (21)||147||L|
|Jim Thome (22)||147||L|
|Sam Thompson+ (15)||147||L|
|47.||Albert Belle (12)||144||R|
PA, MVP top ten:
Edgar Martinez: 8,674 3,6
Willie McCovey: 9,692 1,3,9,10
Mike Schmidt: 10,062 1,1,1,3,3,6,6,7,10
Willie Stargell: 9,027 1,2,2,3,7,9,10
Jim Thome: 10,313 4,6,7,7
Albert Belle: 6,672 2,3,3,7,8
Since OPS+ is an average, the longer one plays, the lower it is likely to be. Edgar Martinez played the least among this group, so he has that advantage. The opinion of the baseball writers when they were playing was that the others were viewed as more valuable. This tends to be skewed in favor of players who played when there were fewer teams but none of these played before 1959 (McCovey).
Albert Belle was a contemporary of Edgar Martinez. In fact each had his best season in 1995. 1995 MVP votes:
|Rank||Name||Tm||Vote Pts||1st Place||Share||WAR||G||AB||R||H||HR||RBI||SB||BB||BA||OBP||SLG||OPS||W||L||ERA||WHIP||G||GS||SV||IP||H||HR||BB||SO|
Belle: HR, RBI, SLG, TB
Martinez: BA, OBP, OPS, OPS+