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MLB Top 10s: Darvish, Harper April's most productive hurler, hitter

by | Baseball Blogger
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In the Eye On Baseball Top 10s, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. The criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10s will always be informed by some angle or another. (Note that the absence of an angle is itself an angle!)

And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Who have been baseball's best for the month of April?

First, let's establish some ground rules for the top 10s in question. We're not addressing the dueling and terminally absurd definitions of MVP (or the Cy Young, to a lesser extent). We're talking "most productive" regardless of where the player's team resides in the standings. We're also not paying any mind to whether the performances are sustainable. The guy playing comically over his head is as eligible as the established All-Star who's once again in character. The only objective is to rank the best players of 2013 to date.

Now let's name names.

Bryce Harper? Present. Derek Jeter? Not present. Also not present: The reigning Cy Young winners from each league. Like we said, this is all about production over the first month of the 2013 season -- not the season prior and certainly not the remainder of the season ahead. One reigning MVP? Present. The other reigning MVP? Not present, although he's having a quality season. Kate Upton and Justin Bieber and Gangnam Style and Kate Middleton and NFL Draft and cheap airfares? Lava-hot Internet search terms!

So let us now recite baseball names for purposes of SEO and making you angry. Feel free to brandish your incorrect opinions and make idle threats in the comments section.

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