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12-15 years ago Cabrera would have been the favorite of the "stat guys" and the writers would scoff at this and vote for the "all around" player with 5 tool skills.
I agree with this, but am bothered by the notion that Cabrera would be less worthy if Curtis Granderson had hit 2 more HRs.
Trout looks like a Rickey with more power
Rk Player WAR/pos OPS+ HR SB BA OBP SLG PA Year1 Mike Trout 10.7 171 30 49 .326 .399 .564 639 20122 Rickey Henderson 9.8 189 28 65 .325 .439 .577 594 19903 Barry Bonds 9.5 170 33 52 .301 .406 .565 621 1990
That's how sports work, right? Are you bothered by the notion that Usain Bolt would be less worthy if someone else was faster than him?
Actually I think you have to go back 40 or 50 or more years to find writers rewarding what they view as multidimensional players (offense, defense, baserunning over big hitting numbers).
I am somewhat bothered by the notion that Tim Raines would be in the Hall of Fame if Rickey Henderson didn't exist.
There are plenty of BBWAA who will vote Trout. Looking at the ballots published for rookie, you've got ESPN people (some who got their start at Prospectus) and voters from Baseball Prospectus. You still have plenty who will vote for the triple crown. Does anyone know who specifically voted for AL MVP? If you've got the names you can probably figure it out.
Trout deserves it but I can't get worked up about Cabrera winning.
The triple crown has historic value and if the voters choose to reward that so be it.
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