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There's A Question?
October 4, 2012 - Al Stephenson
Now that baseball's regular season has ended and the playoffs are about to begin, it seems everyone wants to know who the American League Most Valuable Player is going to be. Seriously folks. Is there any question?
The two top candidates, according to most sources, are the Tigers Miguel Cabrera and the Angels Mike Trout. I find it amazing that there is a discussion at all.
With all due respect to the Angels' rookie outfielder, there is no contest this year. In perhaps any other year, there would be no denying that Trout would be the odds on favorite. This year though belongs to Cabrera. All he did was win the Triple Crown. For those that may not know what that means unless you are talking about Secretariat, it means he led the league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. Again, in case you have been living under a rock, that has not been done since 1967.
I am aware of the fact that the player with the best season may not win the award. Great stats don't automatically qualify one for the honor. If that was the case Ernie Banks would have walked away with a boatload. The discussion of possible winners does however start with offensive statistics. It may grow to include defensive prowess and surely will involve the fortunes of the team (Banks unfortunately played for the woeful Cubs who year after year spent the playoffs watching other teams play). In other words, it helps if your team plays in the postseason.
Trout had some great numbers. He played sterling defense. He normally would be and should be considered. Not however, this year.
Cabrera led the league in batting average. No one hit more home runs or drove in as many runners. To top it off he moved selflessly to a new defensive position (to be fair he began his career as a third baseman) and played well. Had he been a defensive liabilty it would not have mattered. HE WON THE TRIPLE CROWN! The Tigers are also set to join the playoffs on Saturday.
I just recently answered an opinion poll on which player should win the award. I did so because I was curious to see what percentage picked Cabrera over Trout. The answer - 85%.
The view from my seat suggests that Miguel Cabrera will win the MVP. In my humble opinion the vote should be 100%, though I know it probably will not be. If you do not vote for Cabrera, shame on you.
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