One of the hottest topics from the regular season has been whether Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabreara or Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout deserves to take home AL MVP honors. Both candidates made a strong case throughout the season, but based off Cabreara winning the Triple Crown–this should be a no brainer.
Cabrera became the first player since 1967 to take home the honors after batting .330 on the year to go along with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs–holding off Trout, Josh Hamilton, and Joe Mauer on the final day of the regular season to clinch the award. As for Trout, the 21-year-old was nothing short of phenomenal during his first season with the Angels as he batted .326 with 30 home runs and 83 RBIs to go along with numerous spectacular defensive plays in the outfield.
The argument can be made that Trout deserves the award for his defensive performances compared to Cabrera, but one of the key deciding factors should be which team is playing in the postseason. While Cabrera and the Tigers will open up the postseason on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics, but Trout’s Angels turned into one of the biggest disappoints of 2012 after falling four games short of the final Wild Card spot–which is an embarrassment considering all of the free agent signings during the offseason.
Trout will certainly me a strong MVP contender for years to come, but there’s no question Cabrera deserves to take home the honors in 2012 considering his impact on getting the Tigers to the playoffs.
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