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NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy
Published On: Mon, Sep 18
Mar 1, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Tommy Field (74) tries to tag Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Harrison (5) as he slides safely into second after a high throw during the ninth inning at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. Theyll need it.

Trying to sort out this years crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means youre going to see vastly different ballots when the totals are released in November.

Lets look at the case for each of the primary contenders to win the award

Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

Why he could win: Hes the favorite. Obviously, Stantons candidacy starts with his 54 home runs " thats 16 more than current NL runner-up Cody Bellinger " but theres a solid foundation supporting that peak. Miamis favorite slugger has a 1.002 OPS (career high) and .629 slugging percentage (NL-best) to go with excellent totals in the counting stats, too " 113 RBIs and 112 runs scored. Hes an outstanding defensive outfielder, too.

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