Outfield. Al Kaline hit 399 home runs and drove in more than 1,500 home runs in a 22-year Hall of Fame career that saw him be recognized among the great players in Tiger history. In 1955, his second full season, Kaline won the AL batting title at .340 but finished only second in MVP voting, just 17 points behind Yogi Berra.
It was the first of three close calls for Kaline. One year later he finished third behind Mickey Mantle and Berra; in 1963 he was second again, this time to Elston Howard.
Outfield: Duke Snider was centerpiece of legendary Brooklyn Dodger teams of the 1950s. Between 1953 and 1955, Snider was a consistent MVP force, annually falling just short of winning the award.
In 1953, following a season in which he led the league in runs scored, slugging and OPS and hit 42 home runs, Snider finished third behind teammate Roy Campanella and Eddie Mathews. One season later, he again led the league in runs scored, hit 40 home runs, drove in 130 and finished fourth behind Willie Mays, Ted Kluzewski and Johnny Antonelli.
Then, in 1955, when the Dodgers won their first World Series title, Snider played a major role with 42 home runs and a career-best 136 RBI. He still finished five points behind teammate Roy Campanella in MVP voting despite the fact that Campanella hit 10 fewer home runs and drove in 29 fewer runs.
Outfield. Mel Ott. For 22 seasons Ott was the centerpiece of Giant teams that won pennants in 1933, 1937 and 1937. A six-time home run champion, he hit 511 of them overall and batted .304 for his career. He won Hall of Fame induction in 1951.
Ott was a 12-time All Star but he never finished higher than third in MVP voting. His best finish came in 1942 when he led the league in runs, home runs (30) and walks. Still, Cardinals Mort Cooper and Enos Slaughter beat him out.
Designated hitter. Edgar Martinez redefined the DH position and gave it credibility during an 18-season Hall of Fame career with the Seattle Mariners. He had 145 RBI in 2000, his best season, and was a 2019 Hall of Fame inductee.
Yet when it came to MVP voting, Martinez never mustered much support. Perhaps it was a bias against DHs. His only real close finish came in 1995, when he won the batting title (.356) with a 1.107 OPS. Still, he finished no higher than third behind Mo Vaughn and Albert Belle. It was one of only five seasons when he got any MVP support at all.