#Smooth200: The case for Michael Brantley as AL MVP
You may have seen us tweeting #Smooth200 recently. Why? Because Tribe left fielder Michael Brantley has quietly built a case for AL MVP consideration after signing an extension with the Indians this past offseason.
With one game remaining, Brantley now has 200 hits, 45 doubles, 20 homers, 97 RBI and 20 stolen bases — he’s the only player with 200 hits, 40 doubles, 20 steals and 20 homers in a season in club history.
Among AL position players, he ranks:
- 2nd in hits (200)
- 3rd in WAR (7.0)
- 3rd in average (.327)
- 4th in OBP (.385)
- T-6th in runs (94)
Meanwhile, to put Brantley’s 2014 figures into historical perspective:
- Only six other players in MLB history have posted 200 hits, 40 doubles, 20 homers, 20 steals and 97 RBI over a full season: Larry Walker (1997), Ellis Burks (1996), Alfonso Soriano (2002), Chuck Klein (1932), Jacoby Ellsbury (2011).
More historical figures on Brantley’s season:
- The only other Indians player with 200 hits, 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in a season was Joe Carter, who hit 29 homers, stole 29 bases and had 200 hits in 1986.
- The last Indians player with 200 hits in a season was Kenny Lofton (210, 1996)
He’s also been clutch, with two walk-offs this year… May 19 vs. Detroit (to start a sweep):
And Aug. 3 vs. Texas to FINISH a sweep: