Good column. But I’m puzzled by the statement that Zobrist “ inaugurated the modern super-utility role in 2009,” given that you later acknowledge McDougald and Phillips.
Zobrist did have a better peak than those guys. But he had a better peak than any such player since, and he played very little infield *except* second base. He also got only token MVP support: zero 1st-place votes, and a distant 8th as his best finish. So I don’t see him as really “inaugurating” anything.
Zobrist and Honus Wagner are two of a kind — the only players with a 7-WAR year while playing at least 50 games at both [2B or SS] and [any one OF position]. Ramirez so far has much more in common with Phillips than he does with Zobrist.