AL MVP Debate: Cabrera’s Triple Crown Trumps Trouts Unprecedented Rookie Success

[Editor’s note: Be sure to check the end of this post for an exciting new MSF feature, The Debate Zone, where YOU can chime in on one of the most intense AL MVP debates of all time.]

We’ve come to that time of the year.

Baseball is done until the spring, and we baseball fans are now left to fend for ourselves. Without actual baseball to watch, we have to find a way to keep ourselves immersed in the sport.

From the last out in Game 4 of the World Series until now, baseball fans near and far have been yelling at each other regarding who should win what postseason award.

And the debate has been the most intense for AL MVP.

[Commentary: Settling The Mike Trout v Miguel Cabrera AL MVP Debate: One Has Clearly Been More “Valuable” Than The Other]

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Mike Trout’s rookie season was incredible, but Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown achievement makes him the logical choice for AL MVP. (Photo credit: AP via Yahoo Sports)

First, some context.

Mike Trout’s Amazing Rookie Year

Mike Trout, 21, just finished up his first season as a major league baseball player, and what a season it was. He batted .326 with 30 home runs and 83 runs batted in.

Those numbers are stellar for anybody in the MLB. A rookie? C’mon.

Not to mention, the guy won AL Rookie of the Year (unanimously), the Silver Slugger Award, the Fielding Bible Award, and be joined the 30-30 Club. Trout led the American League in runs scored and stolen bases.

Again I say: those accomplishments would be stellar for anyone in the MLB. A rookie? C’mon.

The only scratch on his Trout’s rookie record is that his team didn’t make the postseason. Other than that, Trout had arguably the greatest rookie season ever.

The crazy thing though? He wasn’t the best player in the American League.

[Commentary: Mike Trout Will Not Win…And That’s Wrong]

Miguel Cabrera’s More Valuable Triple Crown

Miguel Cabrera, 29, is as old school as they come. He lives his life on the baseball field, and when he’s not there, he’s drinking it up (or at least used to be). People forget that baseball used to be ruled with players of that sort.

Anyways, after reading through Trout’s accolades and statistics, thinking that there was someone who actually out-did him is crazy.

This season, his 9th in the majors, Cabrera batted .330 with 44 home runs and 139 runs batted in. He won the Silver Slugger Award, the Hank Aaron Award, and The Sporting News Player of the Year Award.

Oh, he also won a little something called the Triple Crown.

Personally, Cabrera’s stats being all around better than Trout’s is enough for me to hand him the MVP. Throw the Triple Crown in there, and Cabrera wins by a landslide.

I honestly cannot come up with a legitimate reason why people would think Mike Trout should beat out Miggy, other than they just want to argue with someone about something.

For those of you that may be hopelessly confused, look at it like this:

  • Cabrera performed better than Trout in every major category.
  • Cabrera led his team to the World Series, whereas Trout’s failed to make the playoffs.
  • Cabrera is arguably the best player in the league, whereas Trout isn’t even the best player on his team.
  • Cabrera is a veteran, meaning he’s proven himself as one of the league’s elite. Trout just finished up his rookie season. What if he drops off?

Going back to the Triple Crown, how can you even debate that someone could win that and not be given the MVP Award?

The Triple Crown has been achieved 13 times. Ever.

Eleven of those winners are currently hanging out with each other in Cooperstown. You’re going to tell me a potential Hall of Famer should lose this AL MVP to a rookie?

People could talk about how difficult it is to achieve the Triple Crown all day forever, and I’m still not sure anyone would fully understand how hard it is to do.

Performing better than anyone else, in three different aspects of the game, for the entirety of a 162-game season? There’s a reason it’s only been done 13 times.

You want to vote for a rookie over someone who did that? Please.

*****

The Debate Zone

You’ve heard what Daniel has to say. You’ve also heard from Chris has to say in defense of Mike Trout. Now it’s your turn.

Check out our new feature here at MSF: The Debate Zone. Just click and record your 30-second argument, and readers, as well as our team of writers, will vote on whose argument is the best.

The AL MVP will be announced later today; we’ll announce the debate winner in three days.

*****



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