Dark-Horse Candidates for the 2011 MVP

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Dark-Horse Candidates for the 2011 MVP
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These players aren't named Albert Pujols or Adrian Gonzalez, and they don't captain the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees.

However, they will receive MVP consideration. All of them have an outside shot at winning their league's award with strong performances in the final 40 games. Even though none of them individually is a likely candidate, I think it likely that at least one among the collection will make the sort of charge I describe.

Each player's slide specifies a few command performance achievements that would vault said player into contention, achievements that vary based on the player's innate skills. In some cases, I specify team performance too because many MVP votes are directed towards winning teams' players.

I selected 12 players who would finish no higher than fourth in their league's MVP voting were ballots cast today and such that the players are on 12 distinct teams with six from each league and two from each division.

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