From SABR member Cyril Morong at Cybermetrics on April 3:
Was Roger Maris More Deserving Of The MVP Award In 1960 or 1961?
I am not sure he should have gotten it in either year, but if he had to get it, 1960 was actually the better choice.
Maris 1960 vs. Maris 1961 is a very close call. But it looks like if he was deserving of the MVP, 1960 was the better choice.
1960-161 (2nd to Mantle’s 164)
1961-167 (Mantle lead with 206, Cash had 201)
Offensive winning percentage
1960-.751 (2nd to Mantle’s.764)
1961-.739 (5th, Mantle lead with .868, Cash had .864)
Read the full article here: http://cybermetric.blogspot.com/2011/04/was-roger-maris-more-deserving-of-mvp.html
Originally published: April 5, 2011. Last Updated: April 5, 2011.