Sports Opinion & Analysis

Cabrera or Trout?

In MLB on October 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

Mike Trout for the American League MVP, or Miguel Cabrera?

Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout?

“I don’t think that just because you may win the Triple Crown means you automatically get the MVP too.”
“Well, I think you’re stupid.”

This isn’t going to be easy, so before we continue any further, let’s break down our two contestants.

Miguel Cabrera: Detroit Tigers (#24/Third Basemen)

Going into Sunday, Cabrera was hitting .342 with 36 homers, 36 doubles and 114 RBI’s. He’s on the verge to win the first MLB Triple Crown (highest batting average, most home runs, and RBI’s in a season) since Carl Yastrzemski did it while playing for the Boston Red Sox in 1967.

He’s also effectively transferred from first base to third base, after the Tigers picked up Prince Fielder in the off-season. While everyone thought the leadership of the team’s offense would be transfer to Fielder upon his arrival, Cabrera managed to take charge and prove the team is still under his command. That is, when Justin Verlander isn’t pitching that night.

Mike Trout: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (#27/Center Field)

Trout is the rookie phenom you can regularly see on a nightly basis if you watch ESPN’s Top Ten Plays of the Day. While Trout averaged .321 this season, with 30 home runs and 48 stolen bases thus far, he slumped somewhat over the Angles nine game home stand, and only batted .167 with six runs, and 11 strikeouts.

Although, with a team that was expecting Albert Pujols to be the leader in the clubhouse, Trout came out of the minor leagues and made the team his, and did it practically overnight while breaking almost every rookie record on the books. He is the most valuable player on the Angels roster, and is largely the reason the Angels still have playoff hopes, albeit minimal, fading, and unrealistic playoff hopes.

And the winner is…

Both are equally appetizing options.

Trout is the better player, but you can’t win the first Triple Crown since 1967 and not be the league’s MVP as well. Trout will have his MVP year(s) soon enough, but if Cabrera wins the Triple Crown, it won’t be this one. The conditional winner for the AL MVP is Cabrera, but only if he wins the crown. If not, hand it over to Trout, no more questions asked.

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