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First, a little history. The thing that makes the Rookie of the Year fundamentally different from the other awards, I think, is that, like wine* and REM albums, there are good years and bad. 

*So I’m told. I don’t know wine.

This is somewhat true of other awards, of course. But only somewhat true. There is always a league MVP ... and year-to-year, decade after decade, the MVPs’ production will be fairly comparable. Oh, sure, there will be outliers on both sides, like a Barry Bonds in 2001 or a Dennis Eckersley in 1992 (huh?). But in general, the award winners all fit into a fairly small array. And over the years, the MVP numbers can look awfully...

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