During the long history of baseball, we have seen the MLB greatest players being crowned the MVP of the American and National League. Some of the premier talents of baseball are recognized as some of the best players to step onto the diamond. Players that were voted as the most valuable player played at their very best to be given this honor. I have put together a lineup of players that won the MVP in their respective years.
MLB Greatest Players: 2014 Clayton Kershaw
For the ace pitcher of this lineup, I chose Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw won the Most Valuable Player in 2014. Kershaw was extremely dominant at the time and became one of eight starting pitchers to take home the award. In 2014, Kershaw posted a 21-3 record with a 1.77 ERA, 239 strikeouts, 198.1 innings pitched, and only allowing 42 runs throughout the entire season. Kershaw was the definition of sheer dominance on the mound and that is exactly why he won the MVP in 2014.
Kershaw’s elite performance throughout that entire year was shown more than just his stats. He was absolutely untouchable throughout that campaign. There were very few pitchers that we have seen that pitched at such an elite level that Kershaw has.
MLB Greatest Players: 2009 Joe Mauer
The starting backstop for this team would be Minnesota Twins legend, Joe Mauer. Mauer won the Most Valuable Player in 2009. He was playing at an extremely high level when he won the award. The starting catcher for the Minnesota Twins was so dominant during this season. Mauer had a .365 batting average, .444 on-base percentage, .587 slugging percentage, and 1.031 OPS with 28 home runs and 96 RBIs.
Joe Mauer was consistently getting on base and producing for the Twins that season. In 2009 Mauer also won a Silver Slugger award and a Golden Glove. This proves that Mauer was an elite talent on the offensive and defensive sides of baseball. Mauer helped the Twins make it to the playoffs where they were ultimately swept by the Yankees in the ALDS.
MLB Greatest Players: 2012 Miguel Cabrera
The first baseman for this lineup would be Miguel Cabrera. This was one of the most elite seasons by an MLB superstar that we have ever seen. Not only did Miguel Cabrera win the Most Valuable Player, but he was also awarded the Triple Crown. Cabrera was extremely dominant this season, he was so dominant that he had all of his opponents scared to face him as they knew the damage that he could cause.
During this season, Cabrera posted a .330 batting average, .393 on-base percentage, .606 slugging percentage, .999 OPS, 44 home runs, and 139 RBIs. Miguel Cabrera is always in the conversation of MLB greatest players and this season in 2012 truly solidified how dominant Miguel Cabrera was throughout this season and his entire career.
MLB Greatest Players: 2017 Jose Altuve
Playing second base is 2017 Jose Altuve. He lit the world on fire during his campaign, it seemed like there was not a single ball that Altuve couldn’t hit during his MVP run. He was the key centerpiece that propelled the Houston Astros to a World Series title against the Los Angeles Dodgers. During this season Altuve hit .507 in the month of July, becoming the first player since Ivan Rodriguez to hit over .500 in a single month.
During this season, Altuve was hitting for a .346 batting average, .410 on base percentage, .547 slugging percentage, he recorded 204 hits along with 24 home runs and 81 RBI’s. Altuve was displaying how his play in 2017 was just utter dominance as he was one of the most dangerous and consistent hitters in baseball.
MLB Greatest Players: 2007 Alex Rodriguez
Starting at the hot corner is 2007 Alex Rodriguez. There was a risk that whenever Rodriguez made contact with the ball it would be blasted into orbit. During this MVP season for Rodriguez, he blasted almost every baseball he could get his bat on. The sheer power that Rodriguez always put on display during this MVP was mind-boggling. This season also allowed A-Rod to win a Silver Slugger award during this season as well.
During the 2007 season Rodriguez had a .314 batting average, .422 on base percentage, .645 slugging percentage, 54 home runs and a whopping 156 RBIs. This year was another case to see how great of a power hitter Alex Rodriguez was during his time in the MLB. It also showed how much power Rodriguez bestowed even after the steroid scandal.
MLB Greatest Players: 2007 Jimmy Rollins
Playing shortstop I have Philadelphia Phillies legend, Jimmy Rollins. This was a tough choice between Jimmy Rollins, A-Rod, and Miguel Tejada. Although Tejada did have better offensive stats than Rollins in his MVP season, I give the edge to Rollins for the reason that he also won a silver slugger and a gold glove in the same season that he won the MVP. The numbers between Tejada and Rollins are almost identical, however, since I believe Rollins accomplished more that’s why he should be on this list.
In 2007 Jimmy Rollins posted a .296 batting average, .344 on-base percentage, a slugging percentage of .531. Additionally, Rollins hit 30 home runs, 94 RBI’s, and a total of 41 stolen bases. Rollins made himself a very important player that helped lead the Phillies to the World Series the next season. This is why he made the MLB Greatest Players lineup.
MLB Greatest Players: 2001 Barry Bonds
In left field, we have the all-time home run king, Barry Bonds. Even with the steroid issues that Barry has faced through his time in the major leagues, his numbers were still extremely impressive. The seven-time MVP had a lot of years where he was showing he was one of the best hitters in the league and all time. Barry had so many seasons where he showed constantly that he was one of the best hitters to ever play the game. He is a very controversial player due to his problems with steroids, however, this 2001 season was still very impressive.
In 2001, Bonds is most known for setting a record for most home runs in a season with a total of 73. Along with those 73 moonshots, Bonds also hit 137 RBIs, while drawing 177 walks. He batted with a .328 batting average, .515 on-base percentage, and a .863 slugging percentage. Throughout this season Barry Bonds was the most dangerous hitter in the major leagues and these stats show it.
MLB Greatest Players: 2019 Mike Trout
Roaming in centerfielder is Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout. Ever since he came into the league, Trout has been an MVP candidate in almost every single year he has played in the Major Leagues. There are almost no weaknesses to Trout’s game. He is almost the best in hitting, stealing, and fielding. He is a five-tool, do it all kind of player. He is also known as one of if not the best player in the MLB, his electrifying style of play gives him that title almost every single year.
In 2019, Trout posted a .291 batting average, 45 home runs, 104 RBIs, .438 on-base percentage, .645 slugging percentage, and an OPS of 1.083. These stats are great for Mike Trout standards. He is still consistently putting up exceptional numbers that keep putting him in the MVP conversation almost every single year.
MLB Greatest Players: 2018 Mookie Betts
In the last spot for the MLB Greatest Players lineup is the 2018 MVP, Mookie Betts. He won this MVP while he was still in Boston playing for the Red Sox. Mookie earned his spot on the MLB Greatest Players lineup due to how well he performed in 2018. He helped Boston win a World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was one of the most consistent hitters in the MLB during this span.
During this campaign, Mookie batted with a .346 batting average, .438 on-base percentage, .640 slugging percentage, and a WAR of 10.4 with 32 home runs, 80 RBIs, and 129 runs scored. Mookie showed the entire league how dangerous he can be with this standout season, and since then he hasn’t slowed down a bit. This MVP season shows why he belongs on the MLB Greatest Players lineup.
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