Mets pitcher John Matlack had a WAR of 8.8 in 1974 despite his losing record. He didn't receive any MVP votes.
Andy Pettitte had 8.0 WAR in 1997 and didn't receive any MVP votes.
Frank Tanana had 8.0 WAR in 1977 and didn't receive any MVP votes.
"There has always been a saying in baseball that you can't make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game."
- Ted Williams
"I know I'm the world's worst fielder, but who gets paid for fielding? There isn't a great fielder in baseball getting the kind of dough I get paid for hitting."
- Dick Stuart