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Toronto Blue Jays: Who is the team MVP this season?

Aug 25, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr (27) and starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr (27) and starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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There are a couple of names that hog most of the MVP chatter around the American League, but the Blue Jays have a few players who could be viewed as the Most Valuable Player on their own roster.

Not since Josh Donaldson won the award in 2015 have the Blue Jays had a real contender as the American League’s top player, but this year I would argue that they have three legitimate candidates. Having said that, I’ll also acknowledge that Shohei Ohtani of the Angels is likely going to run away with the award regardless of how things finish up over the last week of the regular season. Of course, that keys the debate about whether an MVP can come from a team that isn’t in the playoff mix, but I don’t think that’s going to be enough to stop Ohtani this year.

Other than Ohtani and a trio of Blue Jays, the only other players I could see receiving a notable amount of MVP votes might be Carlos Correa of the Astros, Aaron Judge of the Yankees, or perhaps Jose Ramirez over in Cleveland. That said, each of those cases feels like a long-shot at best, and I suppose that could be said for most of the field compared to Ohtani at this late stage of the 2021 calendar.

Despite the fact that award will likely go to the two-way phenom, it’s definitely a notable development for the Blue Jays to have several players in the conversation as the best player in the league, and even on their own roster. Without further delay, let’s have a look at the candidates and their cases, starting with the most obvious one.

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