No matter who wins the A.L. MVP award, it will obviously be a controversial choice given the number of worthy candidates. It's probably fair to say that it will be difficult to argue that "player A" was a clear cut winner, or that "player B" was totally shafted. Those casting ballots will have an easy time justifying their selection since several players have put up impressive numbers.
Such was not the case in 1942. Several of those casting ballots that year were clearly in need of either glasses or medication. Rich Lederer at http://www.baseballanalysts.com/
reminds us of how Ted Williams won the Triple Crown in 1942 but lost the MVP award to Joe Gordon of the Yankees. Williams did more than just win the Triple Crown though. He led the league in everything
Quote: "He won the traditional Triple Crown (AVG, HR, RBI) and swept the rate stats (AVG, OBP, SLG). He even captured the so-called Quad Award by leading the league in OBP, SLG, times on base (TOB), and total bases (TB). The Thumper also led in walks, extra-base hits, runs, runs created, and adjusted OPS (or OPS+).
Gordon, on the other hand, led the A.L. in two categories only. Strikeouts and Grounded Into Double Plays (GIDP). I'm not kidding!
Need more evidence that Williams got shafted? The Boston left fielder earned 46 Win Shares and the Yankee second baseman was credited with 31. In addition, Ted picked up 15.3 Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP3) and Joe had 10.9. By both measures, Williams was worth about 4-5 more wins than Gordon that year."
Williams: .356/.499/.648, 217 OPS+, 186 H, 141 R, 36 HR, 137 RBI
Gordon: .322/.409/.491, 155 OPS+, 173 H, 88 R, 18 HR, 103 RBI
Lederer then goes on to explain how Williams was short-changed again in 1947 when he again won the Triple Crown and led the league in every important category, but lost out to DiMaggio who didn't lead the league in anything other than MVP votes.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax