It's amazing what you come up with when you can't sleep. I had forgotten who won the MVP in 1970 when Yaz had what was likely his second-best season after his Triple Crown year. Found out it was Boog Powell and then found out Yaz finished fourth -- FREAKIN' FOURTH -- in the voting. He blew the others away in some stats and was close in others. Makes you wonder if there was an ant-Yaz or anti-Boston bias going on.
82 R, 28 2B, 35 HR, 114 RBI, 104 BB, 1 SB, .297 BA, .412 OBP, .549 SLG, .962 OPS
96 R, 36 2B, 23 HR, 107 RBI, 38 BB, .5 SB, .325 BA, 364 OBP, .414 SLG, .878 OPS
96 R, 20 2B, 41 HR, 113 RBI, 0 SB, 128 BB, .271 BA, .411 OBP, .546 SLG, .957 OPS
125 R, 29 2B, 40 HR, 102 RBI, 23 SB, .128 BB, 329 BA, .452 OBP, .592 SLG, 1.044 OPS
Of course, OPS or even OBP weren't considered back then but even in traditional stats BA, Slugging, Runs scored, Yaz blew away the others. Powell had 114 RBIs to Yaz's 102, yet Yaz had an 125-82 advantage in runs scored.
And even if you make a case for Powell -- Oliva second? Really?
It sort of makes you wonder if sabermetics was used back then if Yaz would have been MVP by a landslide.
Yaz led the AL in WAR by a big margin 9.5, Sam McDowell second 7.9. Oliva fifth (7.0) and Powell and Killebrew not in the top 10.
Yaz led in WAR among Position Players, Jim Fregosi second (7.7), Oliva fourth. Powell and Killebrew not in top 10.
Yaz led in Offensive WAR (8.9). Tommy Harper second (7.3). Killebrew (6.1) and Powell (5.4) sixth and eighth respectively. Oliva not in top 10.
Yaz led the league in OBP, Slugging, OPS -- all by big margins -- runs scored, total bases, along with some more modern categories, adjusted OPS, runs created, adjuste batting runs, adjusted batting wins, times on base and offensive win percentage.
It makes you wonder if Yaz gotten one more hit or Alex Johnson one less hit, which would have given Yaz his fourth batting title if by having the batting title with the other tradition stats, that would have put Yaz over the top.
Doesn't matter though. YAZ WUZ ROBBED.