As we continue through our series we move onto a stronger position on the diamond. Miguel Cabrera was obviously the class of the position, but many of you would be surprised to see how close the race ended up being for him. This is why the focus on all three facets of the game: fielding, hitting, and base running, are so very important. It’s the main reason why the MVP race should have turned our differently.
1) Miguel Cabrera– Detroit Tigers
Miguel Cabrera was considered the most valuable player in the American League by the BBWAA, but the BBWAA focused merely on his hitting. Once he left the batter’s box his value was virtually gone. In terms of the personality and leadership, Cabrera showed a lot by moving to third base. He didn’t have to do it and he certainly hurt his own value by doing it. So, in that sense a vote for MVP made some sense, but if value is a mathematical question then there can be no question that Cabrera was ...