Here’s my other question, and it’s not so much about eligibility as would-you-vote-for-this-guy?-ability.
Let’s say a guy has a season that looks something like this:
Batting average: .200
On-base percentage: .200
Slugging percentage: .375
Home runs: 35
So this guy went 120-for-600 with 35 homers and 85 singles. Everything about this season looks pretty terrible, notwithstanding the big HR and RBI numbers.
But what if every single one of those 35 homers was a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and his team down by two runs? Does the credit he gets for directly winning 35 games for his team overpower the debits he gets for not contributing at all to the other 127 games?
Would you consider this guy for MVP?