Friday, October 5, 2012

Should there even be a debate about this?

Detroit Tigers 3rd baseman Miguel Cabrera joined an exclusive club recently when he became only the 14th person to ever win the Triple Crown in major league baseball.  For those of you who don't know what the winning the Triple Crown means, it's when a player finishes first in batting average, home runs, and r.b.i.'s. 
It hasn't been done since Carl Yastrzemski did it back in 1967.

This is an amazing accomplishment that happens only once in a lifetime.  In my opinion, winning the Triple Crown is more than enough to earn Cabrera the MVP award in the American League as well. 

Unfortunately, there are many writers and the "experts" at ESPN that don't agree.  They feel that Angels rookie outfielder Mike Trout is more deserving of the award.  From what I've read, they feel that Trout's W.A.R. value is higher than Cabrera's.  Quite honestly, I feel that this argument is total B.S.

W.A.R. stands for "Wins Against Replacement" and it basically means that Mike Trout means more to the success of the Angels than Cabrera means to the Tigers.  W.A.R. ratings are part of Sabermetrics, which is  the specialized analysis of baseball through objective evidence, especially baseball statistics that measure in-game activity.  It is what the movie "Moneyball" is all about. 

I don't want to take anything away from Mike Trout...he's a phenomenal player who had a great year.  He is a very young player who has a terrific future ahead of him.  He is not the most valuable player in the American League this year though.  If he continues to play like he did this past season he will be...but not this year.  2012 belongs to Miguel Cabrera.

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