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.
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