Stark: Two MVPs in the same lineup

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on December 17, 2012:

Maybe Albert Pujols will hit third and Josh Hamilton will hit fourth. Maybe Hamilton will hold down the 3-hole, and it’ll be Sir Albert who hits cleanup.

Whichever it is, the dream for those Los Angeles Angels, of the Confluence of the Orange and Santa Ana Freeways, remains the same: They’re dreaming of five years of having two former MVPs holding down the 3-4 slots in one of the great lineups in baseball.

All for a mere 49 million bucks a year.

If that’s how it all goes down, ladies and gentlemen, it would be extremely rare. More rare than a World Series at Wrigley. More rare than a 50-win season by the Clippers. More rare, even, than a bad Pierce Brosnan hair day.

Two MVPs in the middle of the same order for 800 games? 700? 600? Even 500?

Here’s a bulletin for you:

That’s never happened. Ever.

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Originally published: December 17, 2012. Last Updated: December 17, 2012.