I can’t help but laugh at the AL MVP debate. The irony of it all is just too much.
Mike Trout, and his major league leading 10.7 WAR, is the candidate supported by most sabermetricians. Miguel Cabrera, and his Triple Crown, is the candidate supported by the “old school” baseball community. I don’t know why people like to pigeon-hole themselves into two groups and just ignore everything else, but that’s the way things seem to go here in America.
Anyway…. Miguel Cabrera is the perfect Moneyball era player. His on-base percentage is always near .400 and he hits for power. The Tigers don’t care much about his poor defense or lack of speed, as long as he keeps getting on base and hitting home runs.
Cabrera is exactly the type of player that Billy Beane was stocking his team with ten years ago when he spearheaded the advanced use of statistics in the front office. Of course, Beane stocked his team with undervalued versions of Cabrera, and that was the real gist of his scheme, which is so...