While everyone from national writers down to the humble blogger squabble over what it means to be an MVP and how best to interpret the voting criteria, it seems some players who get in to the final conversation for award winners are getting a little overlooked. Perhaps no-one suffers as a result of this more than Aaron Hill.
The Diamondbacks second baseman .301/.361/.518 to go along with what is generally seen as pretty good defense at an up the middle position. For the sake of comparison,Robinson Cano is hitting a very similar .295/.365/.522 to far greater and louder acclaim. Hill won’t win the NL MVP, nor does he deserve to, but he deserves some recognition for an outstanding season.
Hill’s 2012 is a career year in every sense as he is currently at career high figures in all three triple slash categories, despite a 2009 in Toronto where he hit 36 home runs. A helpful home park has somewhat helped him to a 910 OPS but he’s still managed an 849 road OPS despite frequent visits to the NL West’s collection of cavernous ballparks.
The likes of Andrew McCutchen, David Wright and Buster Posey will dominate the discussion over the NL’s MVP, but some down ballot credit for Arizona’s second baseman would be well earned recognition for a fine season.