All-Time Consecutive MVPs Team

At FBJ, we absolutely love putting together baseball lists and all-time teams.  Please find your favorite team listed in our database above in the tool bar.  A few years ago, Hersh, Chuck, and I figured out that you could field an entire team of players that won consecutive MVP awards.  It's a rare feat to win the award and even more prestigious to do it multiple times.  Considering the small list of players, we didn't want to choose between players by position as to who should make the team.  Therefore, we're going softball rules with a fourth outfielder, fantasy rules with backup corner infielders, and a DH. 

C   - Yogi Berra (1954 & 1955)
1B - Jimmie Foxx (1932 & 1933)
1B - Albert Pujols (2008 & 2009)
2B - Joe Morgan (1975 & 1976)
SS - Ernie Banks (1958 & 1959)
3B - Mike Schmidt (1980 & 1981)
3B - Miguel Cabrera (2012 & 2013)
LF - Barry Bonds (1992 & 1993, 2001-2004)
CF - Mickey Mantle (1956 & 1957)
CF - Dale Murphy (1982 & 1983)
RF - Roger Maris (1960 & 1961)
DH - Frank Thomas (1993 & 1994)
SP - Hal Newhouser (1944 & 1945)

Foxx was the first back to back winner, and also the first player to win a 3rd MVP award as well.  There are 7 Hall of Famers on this list with Pujols certainly joining them when he retires.  Likewise, Cabrera is well on his way if not already a lock.  Six players on this list ended up winning the award 3 times including Berra, Foxx, Pujols, Schmidt, Bonds, and Mantle.  Murphy had a fine career with the Braves and twilight years with the Phillies and Rockies.  He was a feared hitter in the mid-1980s.  He was on the Hall of Fame ballot for 15 years finally losing eligibility in 2013.  Maris had a nice slew of years in his prime most notably his single-season home run record year of 1961 where he hit 61 homers eclipsing Ruth's mark.  Injuries slowed him down and he left baseball at the relatively young age of 34.  Newhouser had an excellent string of seasons during WW2 (he was medically denied enlisting) posting win totals from 1944-1946 of 29, 25, and 26.  He nearly won the MVP a 3rd straight time in 1946 losing by a slim margin to Ted Williams.  With the advent of the Cy Young Award in 1956, pitchers don't get quite as much MVP consideration as they once did.  Unless there's an utterly dominating season, most view the MVP as a hitter's award.     


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