Lou Brock: The MVP Contender

Lou Brock: The MVP Contender

Lou Brock hit full stride as a major league baseball player right around 1967. His game was peaking on all levels – from hitting, to running, and on-base percentage, Brock was becoming a National League force.

In ’67, he made his first appearance as an All-Star, and he finished in 7th place for the MVP award.

Brock would go on to rank in the Top 15 for the MVP award during seven different seasons. His highest finish would be 2nd place in 1974, behind Steve Garvey of the Dodgers.

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One response to “Lou Brock: The MVP Contender

  1. Milford Logan

    One of the big knocks against Brock was that he didn’t walk very much. This really hurt his on-base percentage and makes his career .293 batting average fairly soft. Over his career, he averaged 14.76 plate appearances for every walk. Of the 34 Hall of Famers who had at least 2000 plate appearances from 1960-1979, only a handful walked less frequently than Brock. For the record, those were Ernie Banks (14.77), Luis Aparicio (15.51), Nellie Fox (16.11), Bill Mazeroski (18.36), Robin Yount (19.10), and Andre Dawson (20.85), and these numbers are all limited to the portions of careers in just the period 1960-1979. Most of those guys, however, also struck out a lot less often than Brock, who had a 2.27 K/BB ratio in his career. Banks (1.84), Aparicio (0.97), Fox (0.35), Mazeroski (1.46), and Yount (1.96) had more balanced attacks, while Dawson (3.64) was just getting going with his own (HOF-questionable) career.

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