The right man won the American League MVP.
While Mike Trout had a phenomenal campaign as a rookie, Miguel Cabrera deserved the 22 first-place votes that landed him the award. At the end of the day, it comes down to baseball not computer stats.
With 44 home runs, 139 RBIs and a .330 batting average, Cabrera became Major League Baseball’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years. To achieve an accomplishment that rare, that unique, carries significant weight in the discussion.
The modern day sabermetrics geeks are calling RBIs an overrated statistic and an inaccurate way of judging a player’s value. But last time I checked, the objective of the sport is to score more runs than the opposing team.
On a day-to-day basis, Cabrera came through in the clutch — with runners in scoring position — to drive in RBIs at a high rate. Unlike Trout, Cabrera delivered RBIs down the stretch, knocking in 54 runs in the last 57 games with a .354 average.
Meanwhile, the Angels outfielder hit .257 in the mon...