Don't know man, it seems to me the entertainment industry has a disproportionate amount of people who choose to end it by hanging as opposed to the general population. Kind of sets off alarm bells in my head.
I looked back starting in '19 for the last total nut job MVP voting performance. Like, less than three wins and finishing in the top 10. Looks like the last one of those was Jeter in '12. 2.2 rWAR, finished ahead of Verlander (8.0), and at least a half-dozen guys with 4-6 wins.
Howard was pretty egregious the year prior, and several other years (probably worst in '08). In '10 Delmon and Vlad finished 10-11 for sub-two-win seasons. In '08 Carlos Delgado finished 9th in the NL with a 1.3 win season with six 6+ win players behind him. In '05 Delgado finished 6th with a 2.8-win season.
King of all might be Dante Bichette's 1.2-win 2nd place finish in '95 before sportswriters had figured out park effects.
And now, back to Ryan… I still have shivers about his defense, but if he keeps hitting like this, stick him anywhere. Hell, let him play catcher. But I think we’re going to want his bat at the plate as much as possible.