Oct 4, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (9) stands on second base after hitting a double during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He would score a run on an error. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
2. Who was the Miami Marlins team MVP? Who was the team’s least valuable player?
Ehsan Kassim: Dee Gordon finished the season with a 4.3 fWAR, which led the team in 653 plate appearances. However, Giancarlo Stanton finished with a 3.8 fWAR in 318 plate appearances, and outside of a fluke September, the Marlins offense looked lost without his 27 home runs. This is not taking anything away from Dee’s great season. Casey McGehee was traded for two minor leaguers before the season. That should have been the end of him with the Marlins, but after he posted a -0.7 fWAR with the Giants in 138 plate appearances, the Marlins brought him back to post another -0.7 more fWAR in 120 plate appearances. McGehee made random starts over Derek Dietrich and Justin Bour late in to the season, for whatever reason.
Daniel Zylberkan: The Marlins best player in 2015 was Christian Yelich, who in spite of having a horrible first two months of the season, still finished the season with a .300/.336/.416 line. I would say the Marlins least valuable players were Ichiro, Jeff Mathis and Casey McGehee who combined to have -1.9 WAR. in about 600 PA.
Michael Sonbeek: The team’s most valuable player was Dee Gordon. The least valuable player was Ichiro.
Sean Millerick: Dee Gordon was the MVP beyond question. Flip a coin between Steve Cishek and Marcell Ozuna, depending whether or not you want to count players that were already jettisoned for who wins LVP honors.
Christian La Fontaine: Christian Yelich, he had a tough start to the year but his 2nd half wRC+ was 4 points higher the Dee’s. Considering Yeli’s performance was not wildly unsustainable I’ll give the edge to him. In just 94 PA’s, Donovan Solano produced -1.0 WAR, that’s impressive ineptitude.
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Mark Laming: After you get over the trade for him was horrendous Dee Gordon was the only consistent bat in the Marlins lineup all season and had a good year when nobody else did.
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