Posted by Andy on July 4, 2010
Ben Zobrist deserves some serious consideration for MVP due to certain contributions that don't show up in the stats.
Last year, Zobrist was in the top 5 in MLB for Wins Above Replacement with a great value of 7.1:
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However, have you seen what Zobrist is doing defensively? He's playing a lot of positions and playing them well.
Those are Zobrist's defensive numbers so far this year. He's got a whole bunch of games in RF and 2B plus a handful at other positions. Yesterday he made his 4th appearance at 1st base (but I wrote this on Saturday...) The Rtot numbers show that he's decent at all the positions. While his defensive contributions are factored into WAR, what isn't factored is a bonus for the fact that he plays so many different positions and plays them well.
Bill Hall is another guy who can play a lot of positions, but he doesn't play any of them well. Hall's valuable, for sure, but nowhere close to Zobrist.