Neyer: 5 great AL seasons you might have missed

From SABR member Rob Neyer at Fox Sports on November 6, 2015:

Seems like it’s all Josh Donaldson this and Mike Trout that, which is appropriate since they were the best players in the American League this year. But the very greatest players tend to suck all the air out of the room. 

But there some other tremendous seasons, and here are five you might have missed…

Remember when 1. Manny Machado, in some quarters at least, was discussed in the same breath as Trout? Well, a couple of injuries ended most of that talk, but Machado was healthy in 2014, and he was fantastic. Machado is still only 23, and really is just as great as we thought he would be.

Oh, and the Orioles are like the Diamondbacks: two tremendous players without the supporting cast. With the Diamondbacks, it’s Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock. With the Orioles, it’s Machado and 2. Chris Davis, who bounced back from a dreadful 2014 with 47 homers in 2015. Maybe the quietest 47 homers anybody’s hit since Rafael Palmeiro.

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Originally published: November 6, 2015. Last Updated: November 6, 2015.