DETROIT Reggie Jackson says he doesnt see a debate where the AL MVP award is concerned.
MVP conversations are for people who dont understand the game, Jackson said Wednesday at Comerica Park. And those conversations are for people who dont know what a Triple Crown means. They dont understand the greatness of what Miguel Cabrera has done this year.
Jackson, the 1973 AL MVP for the Oakland As and a first ballot Hall of Famer, said the sabermetricians who believe Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout should be this years MVP based on the Wins Above Replacement (W.A.R.) statistic are missing the obvious.
W.A.R. evaluates the average player well but does not work in evaluating the great players, Jackson said. People under 40 tend to see the MVP as being Trout with the W.A.R. ratings. But people over 40 understand the Triple Crown that Miguel won this year, and know just how impressive that is.
Cabrera this season became the first to win the Triple Crown since Hall of Famer Carl Y...