Mike Trout was the best player in baseball this season. You know, I know it. We know it for a variety of reasons – the least of which is the sabermetric craze.
The big sports media outlets are waging a debate on a near-presidential scale of whether Trout or Miguel Cabrera deserves the MVP this year.
Cabrera, as you likely know, won the Triple Crown. That’s an incredible feat. It hasn’t been done in 45 years. Clearly he is the best hitter in the American League this year, and most likely the Major Leagues.
But he’s not the best player.
One way to prove that is by looking at stats. I love stats. Sports are one of the reasons I am good at mental math. Growing up I could always quickly figure out that if someone was 10-for-16 at the plate during a playoff series, that guy’s hitting .625. Likewise I knew a QB that was 7-for-9 for 105 yards in the first half was completing .777 percent of his passes and averaging 15 yards per completion.
But sometimes stats can go too far.
I read ...