Today starts postseason baseball and the tightest competition has already ended. The AL MVP seems to be harder to determine than the eventual World Series’ winner. Los Angeles Angel Mike Trout and Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera are both exceptional baseball players.
They both deserve to win the award, but if I had to make a decision I would have to go with Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera finished the 2012 season with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs, and 139 RBIs. Winning the batting triple crown is such an amazing accomplishment that rarely happens. The last triple crown winner was Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Leading the American League, which is a hitter’s league, in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in is nothing to sneeze at.
However, Trout’s value to the Angels made him the most valuable player to the Angels on a team that has Albert Pujols in the line up. Did I mention Trout is a rookie? He was second to Cabrera in batting average and was the first rookie with 30 homers and 40 stolen bases. And his defense? When he was not hitting home runs, he was brining opponents’ homers back into the park. Trout only committed FOUR errors all year. Clearly, Trout will win AL Rookie of the Year.
Whoever wins the MVP will be controversial because of how talented both players are. The voters, all members of Baseball Writers’ Association of America, will be questioned by their decision for years to come. This will probably not be the last time that Trout’s name is brought into the MVP discussion. If this year is only the start for Trout, then he will be a multi MVP award winner. One advantage that Cabrera does have is that the Tigers’ are in the postseason and after all the spending the Angels did in the offseason have been a huge disappointment. When I started writing this article, I thought I had made up my mind about who I would vote for, but now I am not so sure which one truly deserves the honor.