Skinny: Steady Eddie was known for his consistent excellence, as opposed to one jaw-dropping year. He finished in the top five of the AL MVP voting in five straight seasons, 1981-85, but never won. His best chance was 1983, when he was topped by Ripken. Murray actually posted better offensive numbers than his buddy, but Ripken played a more demanding position. Murray's occasionally frosty reputation with writers didn't help either.
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