Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 10/3/12
There has been much debate over who should win the AL MVP this season. Concensus says the favorite should be Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who is about to win the triple crown. Many say the award should go to Los Angeles’ Mike Trout, who has enjoyed a rediculous rookie season. Josh Hamilton will get some votes, but is expected to fall short in the voting. Those who argue Trout should win will point to his 10.7 WAR as the sole reason he should win the award. According to baseballreference.com, Robinson Cano at 7.6 and Justin Verlander at 7.4 are also ahead of Cabrera, who sits at 6.9. Though I believe wins above replacement has its use, I don’t think it tells the correct story in this instance. Trout leads the AL in runs scored with 129 and OPS+ at 169. It is fair to factor into the equation that he missed almost the first two months of the season before he started playing regularly for the Angels. He has hit .324, 30, 83. Cabrera, of course, leads the AL with his .331, 44, 139 but that
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