St. Louis Cardinals: Five best players we’ve never seen in MLB The Show

DETROIT, MI - MAY 20: Scott Rolen of the St. Louis Cardinals fields during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan on May 20, 2007. The Tigers defeated the Cardinals 6-3. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MAY 20: Scott Rolen of the St. Louis Cardinals fields during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan on May 20, 2007. The Tigers defeated the Cardinals 6-3. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Willie McGee of the St. Louis Cardinals in action during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1998. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Kirn /Allsport
Willie McGee of the St. Louis Cardinals in action during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1998. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Kirn /Allsport /

MVP Willie McGee

It’s not often you get a player with 95+ speed in MLB The Show, but Willie McGee might be one of the guys to earn that honor. In his 1985 season, he swiped 56 bags en route to an 8.2 bWAR season.

McGee led the NL in hits, triples, and batting average that season, hitting a huge .353 in the best season of his career. He was equally good from both sides of the plate as well, hitting .356 vs right-handers, and .348 versus lefties. Although he did hit for power substantially better against lefties, slugging .571 against southpaws that year.

Defensively, McGee won a gold glove that season, posting an Rtot of 5 with 11 outfield assists. With his crazy speed, plus elite fielding, McGee would undoubtedly be a top-notch option in center field for many teams, while also in the running to hit leadoff.

Despite not putting up the power numbers we often think of for an MVP in the modern era, Willie’s insane production on the bases, league-leading batting average, as well as the slugging percentage to take extra bases lead him to the first Cardinal MVP that decade. His card would be a blast to use in MLB The Show and would definitely make my team if that time ever comes.

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