ESPN just released an article listing the top 25 seasons by a player under the age of 25. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/32231/all-time-top-25-players-under-25).
I bring it here because, well there isn't much else to talk about and there is a lot of arguments to be made for players higher or lower. I think Bryce Harper was just kind of thrown on there because of the name. I would argue that McCutchen had a better year in 2011 when he was 24 than Harper did last year, but I would be willing to be we could find quite a few players under 25 who had better years than both.
If you want to give players a boost because of position, I get that, but at some point we really have to draw the line. I am going to make an argument against everything I believe.
I value defense most than some. I never got too far down on Barmes last year, because what he brought to the table was extremely valuable. In 1996 Arod had a very good defensive year at short stop to go along with his good year at the plate. However.........
.406 batting average, .553 OBP Only Tony Gwynn and George Brett sniffed .400 in 73 years.
He won the triple crown just for good measure. The guy was unbelievable. I don't care if he was the DH or a liability in the OF, the offensive year he had was one of the greatest if not the greatest of all time. Did I mention he hit .406? Sorry Arod, I don't even think it is close, no matter where David Schoenfeld ranks you.