Mike Piazza, who never won an MVP, should have gotten the award in 2000.
Batting average = .324
Slugging % = .614
Ops = 1.012 OPS
Home-runs = 38
Runs batted in = 113
2000 MVP voting:
1.) Jeff Kent SFG (392 total; 22 1st place votes)
2.) Barry Bonds SFG (279 total; 6 1st place votes)
3.) Mike Piazza NYM (271 total; 3 1st place votes)
Piazza's numbers do not blow away Kent and Bonds', but Piazza was more valuable to the New York Mets - who finished 1 game behind the Braves for the division and went to the World Series.
Look at the 2000 New York Mets.
- Their outfield was Benny Agbayani, Jay Payton, and Derek Bell.
- Robin Ventura batted .232, and he failed to duplicate or even come close to his amazing 1999 season.
- Shortstop was filled by Mike Bordick, Rey Ordonez (batting sub-.200), and Melvin Mora.
Without Piazza, the Mets barely win 85 games; with him, they were the NL champions.