Ichiro, Ichiro, Ichiro
Ichiro was the 2nd-best center fielder in baseball according to PMR. Then again, B.J. Upton got a top place too, which surprised me.
Fun update: In this thread at Inside the Book, MGL offers UZRs for the AL winners: (the numbers are their runs above or below average for each year, starting with 08 and then 05-07).
3RD – ADRIAN BELTRE – MARINERS +29, 05 +5, 06, +15, 07 +7. He and Rolen (and Feliz) are probably the best 3B in baseball.
OF – ICHIRO SUZUKI – MARINERS -18, 05 0, 06, +1, 07, -14. At the very best, I think he a good corner outfielder and a below-average CF.
Dissent between advanced metrics! PMR thinks Ichiro was awesome and UZR thinks he was horrible! Dun-dun-dunnnnn.
Also: Beltre at +29 at third is stellar. In total contribution, it puts him up with Alex Rodriguez among the best in baseball.