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Thursday, November 15, 2012
About a month ago, I said something to the effect that, although I thought Trout was the MVP, I wouldn’t get all worked up if Miguel Cabrera won. After a month of reading and discussing the topic with people on the site and with my friends and co-workers, and hearing all arguments pro and con about it, I find that I am worked up about Cabrera winning. So, to all my sabermetric friends out there, we’re right, and they are wrong. We are, not because the metrics make us right, but because the logic does.
Cabrera, 29, was listed first on 22 of 28 ballots cast by two writers in each league city and second on the other six to total 362 points. He led the AL in batting average (.330), home runs (44) and runs batted in (139) in becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera also topped the league in slugging percentage (.606) and on-base-plus-slugging (.999) for a Detroit club that won the AL Central and eventually advanced into the World Series. Voting is conducted prior to the start of postseason play.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim center fielder Mike Trout (.326, 30 HR, 83 RBI), the AL leader in runs (129) and stolen bases (49), received the other six first-place votes, was second on 21 ballots and third on one for a runner-up score of 281. He is the first rookie to finish second in MVP balloting. The award was won by two first-year players – Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn in 1975 and Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.
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