Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson were named the MVPs of their respective leagues last night, and while there was some debate about the Donaldson pick -- I probably would have chosen Mike Trout myself, were anyone ever so foolish as to give me a vote -- you couldn't really complain too much about either selection. Harper and Donaldson are both terrific players receiving an honor they richly deserved. And they both did it for the first time.

Once you win an MVP Award, it's who you are, forever. There can be fluke Cy Young Award winners, or Rookie of the Year Award winners, but once you've won an MVP, it'll be attached to your name for life. Willie McGee won one; Mark McGwire didn't. Steve Garvey won one; Wade Boggs didn't. Jeff Burroughs won one; Derek Jeter didn't. Barry Bonds somehow won seven.

With the addition of Harper and Donaldson to the scrolls, there are now 19 active players who have won an MVP award. They are:

Ryan Braun
Miguel Cabrera
Josh Donaldson
Bryce Harper
Josh Hamilton
Ryan Howard
Clayton Kershaw
Joe Mauer
Andrew McCutchen
Justin Morneau
Dustin Pedroia
Buster Posey
Albert Pujols
Alex Rodriguez
Jimmy Rollins
Ichiro Suzuki
Mike Trout
Justin Verlander
Joey Votto

That leaves a lot of greats, including some who will be making a Hall of Fame case, off the list. So I thought I'd take a look at the top 20 active players in Baseball Reference WAR who never won an MVP, see when they came the closest, whether they have any chance at another, and whether they have any Hall of Fame chances. These are some of the best players we've ever seen. But they don't have an MVP. And that matters.

(For the sake of clarity, I am not considering Cliff Lee and Miguel Tejada, "active" even though neither has officially retired yet.)

20. Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays, 40.5 WAR
Age: 31.
Highest MVP finish: Fifth place in 2009 and 2010.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2014, 25th place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 29th.
Does he have a chance to win one? Maybe. He's only 31, and he's in a lineup where, if he stays healthy, he can put up a ton of stats. But that healthy part is the reason he isn't higher up this list already.

19. Jake Peavy, San Francisco Giants, 40.8 WAR
Age: 34.
Highest MVP finish: Seventh place in 2007.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2007, seventh place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 108th.
Does he have a chance to win one? No.

18. Curtis Granderson, New York Mets, 41.8 WAR
Age: 34.
Highest MVP finish: Fourth place in 2011.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2015, 18th place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 38th.
Does he have a chance to win one? Probably not. This was the first season he received votes in four years. But he did put up his third-best OPS-plus of his career. Granderson was pretty quietly outstanding for the Mets this year.

17. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers, 41.8 WAR
Age: 33.
Highest MVP finish: Fourth place in 2010.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2015, 19th place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 42nd.
Does he have a chance to win one? He certainly will have a chance to put up some RBIs, and if the Dodgers have the breakthrough season everyone keeps waiting for them to, he could be the beneficiary. He hasn't had an OPS-plus under 116 since 2005; Gonzalez is awesome.

16. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays, 43.6 WAR
Age: 30.
Highest MVP finish: Sixth place in 2010 and 2013.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2013, sixth place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 28th.
Does he have a chance to win one? This is going in the wrong direction. Longoria was supposed to be on his second or third by now. Instead, he has barely been above a league-average hitter the last two seasons. What looked like a Hall of Fame career on the horizon now looks like a regular old baseball career. Shame.

15. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals, 44.1 WAR
Age: 35.
Highest MVP finish: Second place in 2007.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2014, 14th place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 34th.
Does he have a chance to win one? His contract runs out in St. Louis after this season, and the Cardinals are already making plans to replace him. He can still hit, but everything's slowing down. He probably should have beaten Jimmy Rollins in 2007.

14. Bartolo Colon, New York Mets, 44.9 WAR
Age: 42.
Highest MVP finish: 23rd place in 2005.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2005, 23rd place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 148th.
Does he have a chance to win one? We can dream.

13. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers, 46.2 WAR
Age: 31.
Highest MVP finish: None.
Most recent season receiving votes: None.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 128th.
Does he have a chance to win one? Not only has Hamels never received an MVP vote, he has never finished higher than fifth in Cy Young voting. That doesn't seem right.

12. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers, 46.7 WAR
Age: 33.
Highest MVP finish: 11th place in 2011.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2015, 21st place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 23rd.
Does he have a chance to win one? He's been an underrated player throughout his career who had his best season since 2011 this year, but no.

11. David Wright, New York Mets, 50.1 WAR
Age: 32.
Highest MVP finish: Fourth place in 2007.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2012, sixth place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 22nd.
Does he have a chance to win one? Wright feels a lot older than 32, doesn't he? He'll have to enjoy holding just about every Mets franchise record instead.

10. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners, 50.1 WAR
Age: 29.
Highest MVP finish: 10th place in 2014
Most recent season receiving votes: 2014, 10th place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 109th.
Does he have a chance to win one? If he hasn't gotten higher than 10th place with the career he has had so far, no. I just hope he gets a playoff game sometime.

9. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox, 50.4 WAR
Age: 40.
Highest MVP finish: Second place in 2005.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2015, 26th place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 33rd (at first base).
Does he have a chance to win one? Well that would be a fun story, wouldn't it?

8. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers, 51.8 WAR
Age: 32.
Highest MVP finish: Seventh place in 2015.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2015, seventh place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 85th.
Does he have a chance to win one? Seventh place is a respectable number this year, all told.

7. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees, 52.4 WAR
Age: 35.
Highest MVP finish: Second place in 2009.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2015, 26th place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 28th.
Does he have a chance to win one? You could have won a lot of money betting on him to get any votes at all in 2015, that's for sure.

6. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners, 55.1 WAR
Age: 33.
Highest MVP finish: Third place in 2010.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2014, fifth place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 16th.
Does he have a chance to win one? Not if Andy Van Slyke has anything to say about it. All told, he wasn't nearly as bad in 2015 as he was made out to be, and if he has a bounce-back year and Seattle makes the playoffs, there could be a small possibility.

5. CC Sabathia, New York Yankees, 55.7 WAR
Age: 35.
Highest MVP finish: Sixth place in 2007
Most recent season receiving votes: 2011, 14th place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 82nd.
Does he have a chance to win one? Sabathia has more pressing issues to deal with right now.

4. Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays, 58.5 WAR
Age: 36.
Highest MVP finish: None.
Most recent season receiving votes: None.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 89th.
Does he have a chance to win one? Buehrle only received Cy Young votes once, back in 2005, when he finished fifth. But hey, maybe he'll show up with his hometown Cardinals for one last go-around this year and not give up a run all season.

3. Chase Utley, Los Angeles Dodgers, 62.3 WAR
Age: 36.
Highest MVP finish: Seventh place in 2006.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2009, eighth place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: 12th.
Does he have a chance to win one? He's the only one of the three Phillies stars to never win one, even though he probably had the best career. New Yorkers might not vote for him.

2. Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees, 68.4 WAR
Age: 38.
Highest MVP finish: Fourth place in 2006.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2012, 26th place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: Eighth.
Does he have a chance to win one? No, but he's got a chance to put up some more counting stats to at last convince enough of the electorate that he's a Hall of Famer.

1. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers, 83.8 WAR
Age: 36.
Highest MVP finish: Second place in 2004.
Most recent season receiving votes: 2015, seventh place.
All-time rank at position in Jay Jaffe's JAWS rating: Fifth.
Does he have a chance to win one? Well, he was seventh this year. He's still arguably one of the best 20 players in the game. At this point, no reasonable person debates whether he's a Hall of Famer. Now, it's just a question of how long he can keep this going.

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