The last time an NL MVP had a batting average below .300 was back in 1989 when former Met Kevin Mitchell won the prize. Voters excused Mitchell's average because he pounded 47 home runs and 125 RBI while slugging .635.
The .300 mark seems to be a cutoff in NL MVP voting over the past 18 years. However, including Mitchell, the NL MVP's from 1986-1989 all batted under .300.
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