Why Miguel Cabrera IS the AL MVP

By Tyler Hobbs

Mike Trout vs.Miguel Cabrera, only one walked away with the MVP trophy. It was an intriguing match-up to say the least. The first triple crown winner in approximately a billion years going head to head with one of the best rookie performances in recent memory. The AL MVP race was a tight one indeed, but should it really have been that close? Trout and Cabrera led the AL in almost all statistical categories, so it makes sense it was only a 2-horse race. Should it be as close as it was? I lean towards no, or hell no maybe.

Cabrera rightfully won the MVP, plain and simple. If for nothing else, winning the triple crown is enough for me. Let me repeat for emphasis, HE WON THE TRIPLE CROWN. For those who are unaware, this means that he led the AL in home runs (44), batting average (.330), and RBI’s (139) according to the worldwide leader, ESPN. This incredible feat has not been accomplished since 1967. Mike Trout, and I say this with all due respect, shouldn’t be as close as he was to Cabrera.

Trout had a very respectable year, and he should be recognized for his efforts (maybe someone can give him a cookie?) but he shouldn’t steal Cabrera’s MVP solely because he put up solid numbers his rookie year, despite how astonishing it is. Trout’s 30 Home runs, .326 batting average, and 83 RBI’s proves that he is no slouch, and that he, along with fellow rookie Bryce Harper, is the future of this league, but not yet an MVP.

Another reason Cabrera deserved to be crowned MVP, as if triple crown isn’t enough for you, was his team’s success. The Tigers finished the regular season 88-74, and won the ALCS by sweeping the New York Yankees before losing to the Giants in the World Series. Trout, and his Angels failed to make the playoffs despite the all-star filled roster led by Trout, and accompanied by Albert Pujols, Torii Hunter, Jered Weaver, Mark Trumbo, and so on and so forth. The voting committee can say team success doesn’t play a factor, but I’m not buying it. Unfortunately, the distance you are able to carry your team plays a role, and Trout was unable to tote the load of the Angels far enough. Sadly for Trout, sports is far too often “offensive” driven. They say “defense wins championships” but offense wins MVP’s. Trout is by far the better defender, making Another reason Cabrera deserved to be crowned MVP, as if triple crown isn’t enough for you, was his team’s success. The Tigers finished the regular season 88-74, and won the ALCS by sweeping the New York Yankees before losing to the Giants in the World Series. Trout, and his Angels failed to make the playoffs despite the all-star filled roster led by Trout, and accompanied by Albert Pujols, Torii Hunter, Jered Weaver, Mark Trumbo, and so on and so forth. The voting committee can say team success doesn’t play a factor, but I’m not buying it. Unfortunately, the distance you are able to carry your team plays a role, and Trout was unable to tote the load of the Angels far enough. Sadly for Trout, sports is far too often “offensive” driven. They say “defense wins championships” but offense wins MVP’s. Trout is by far the better defender, making incredible plays in the outfield, whether it be diving catches or over the wall grabs, he does it all. But Cabrera swings the bat better, and that is all the “talking heads” care about.

Trout had an outstanding year, and Cabrera did have the convenience of batting right before Prince Fielder, fellow slugger. Trout’s excellent plate discipline, vision, and web gems in the outfield have the media and analysts going crazy over what lies ahead for the young man (I can say young man, because he is two days younger than me). The league’s future is definitely bright with Trout at the helm of it’s reins. But to ask whether he deserves MVP, (as Bryce Harper would say) “That’s a clown question, bro.”

Cabrera Trout
HR- 44 HR- 30
BA- .330 BA- .326
RBI- 139 RBI- 83
SLG- .606 SLG- .564

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