Mike Trout Should Win the 2012 AL MVP


This writer is voting for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Mike Trout for the AL MVP…PERIOD.  Why?  Let the debate continue!

Regardless of how far the Detroit Tigers  go in the play-offs, Trout’s accomplishments, in less at bats than Miguel Cabrera, warrant this consideration based on the total player picture.

Offense only:

Mike Trout: .326, 30 HR, 83 RBI, 129 RS, 49 SB.

Triple Crown Winner Miguel Cabrera: .330, 44 HR, 139 RBI, 109 RS, 4 SB.

Let’s face it, ANY player who wins the Triple Crown has to be an All-Star caliber player, but the award itself is more a product of opportunity and the performance of the team around the player than the accomplishment of the actual player himself. Simply, a player can’t amass a number of RBIs without players hitting in front of him getting on base.

So looking at the offensive numbers where individual merits are at play.

Cabrera’s slugging percentage is 42 pts higher than Trout. (.606 vs. .564).

Trout’s on-base percentage is 6 points better than Cabrera’s (.399 vs. .393).

Trout stole 49 bases to Cabrera’s 4!

So combining products of individual accomplishment, (home runs and stolen bases), Trout has a 31 pt advantage.

Additionally, Cabrera has hit into 21 more double plays in essence ending more scoring opportunities for his team than Trout.

Finally in terms of TOTAL opportunities, lets look at something that most sports writers RARELY in EVER take into consideration when casting MVP votes: DEFENSE.

Trout is an EXCEPTIONAL centerfielder and Cabrera is adequate at 3B at best.

In 2012 Trout leaped over the wall stealing at least 5 homeruns from opposing teams.

Wins above replacement takes defense into consideration. Fangraphs ranks Trout at 10.3 vs. Cabrera’s 7.3

The little known statistic asserts Trout was directly responsible for 3 more wins than Cabrera.

I’m not a Tigers hater by any means and tip my cap to Miggy for his accomplishments and for his very unselfish act of moving back to 3B so the Tigers could sign Prince Fielder. The debate could be made in both directions, but I believe if you take into consideration the total baseball product of the player, the numbers speak for themselves.

Any questions?

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  1. I agree with this. Like i’v said on other sites. Miggy=Most valuable hitter.. Trout=Most Valuable Player

  2. Cabrera has been the most underrated hitter in the league for as long as I remember. The guy wins the triple crown, has great numbers by the break, and doesn’t start in the All-Star game. That doesn’t seem to right to me. But let’s talk about Trout. He’s a great player. Great. But saying he should win MVP over a guy who lead the AL in most offensive categories including the triple crown categories, is absolutely crazy. Also, you can’t really use the defense and speed because Cabrera is not that kind of player. He’s the kind of player that hits better than anyone in the league and gives his team the best chance to win. Yes, Trout does it all: defense, offense, and speed, but its not like Cabrera is a bad defender. He’s made some great plays at 3rd and that’s not too bad for a guy who hasn’t played it for 5 years. The guy one triple crown, how much does he have to do to prove he is the MVP? Also, how are the Angels doing in the playoffs right now??

  3. Cabrera has been the most underrated hitter in the league for as long as I remember. The guy wins the triple crown, has great numbers by the break, and doesn’t start in the All-Star game. That doesn’t seem to right to me. But let’s talk about Trout. He’s a great player. Great. But saying he should win MVP over a guy who lead the AL in most offensive categories including the triple crown categories, is absolutely crazy. Also, you can’t really use the defense and speed because Cabrera is not that kind of player. He’s the kind of player that hits better than anyone in the league and gives his team the best chance to win. Yes, Trout does it all: defense, offense, and speed, but its not like Cabrera is a bad defender. He’s made some great plays at 3rd and that’s not too bad for a guy who hasn’t played it for 5 years. The guy one triple crown, how much does he have to do to prove he is the MVP? Also, how are the Angels doing in the playoffs right now??

  4. If writers voting for MVP decide that defense and baserunning CAN’T be factored in, as James says, then they are stupid, because baserunning and defense MAKE YOU A BETTER PLAYER. You can’t say something like “Miggy made some great plays” when comparing him to Trout, because the numbers say that Mig’s defense COST the Tigers runs. Sexy doesnt mean valuable. If Trout had hit 3rd in the Angels lineup, you think he’d have gotten more RBI? Certainly. If Miggy had hit leadoff, he’d cut down on double plays, but even maintaining his OBP and SLG, he wouldnt have the Triple Crown. Like the writer says, RBI are a team-dependent stat, and the writers, as with Felix and the WIN stat for pitchers, are slowly realizing this, even if players and old-school fans still like seeing RBI totals in the hundreds to measure a player.

  5. Trout has shone with his defense, being elevated in a very complete player, but not more productive or better. because? -> very simple and in plain view: Detroit Tigers are in the playoffs. Anaheim Angels are eliminated. endpoint.
    American League batting leaders: M.Cabrera: hits (2nd), 2h (7th) homeruns (1st), OBP (4th), SLG (1st), OPS (1st) RBI (1st) RUNS (2nd) AVG (1st). Cabrera batting right arm. not on base for infield hit. Cabrera gets on base with large and strong hits.
    It is stupid to say that stealing bases is the most important of baseball statistics. To see men running fast rather look at Usain Bolt in the 100 meters.

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