American League MVP: Miguel Cabrera Or Mike Trout?

Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

The Triple Crown? Or perhaps the greatest rookie season ever? Who's your choice for AL MVP?

This post was inspired by some spirited discussion in one of the fanshots, in fact, a fanshot that wasn't even begun on this topic.

The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and the Angels' Mike Trout have both had fantastic seasons.

Cabrera won the Triple Crown, leading the American League in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. This feat had not been accomplished in 45 years. For some, this meant "MVP". His team won its division and is now in the World Series. Cabrera also switched positions and became, despite what Tigers fans worried about, at least an adequate third baseman.

Trout had what might be considered the greatest rookie season ever, and certainly the greatest for any 20-year-old. He led the league in runs, stolen bases, WAR (by a significant margin) and played outstanding defense in center field, which was evident both statistically and by anyone who saw his great home-run-stealing catches. And, though his team didn't win its division, they were 6-14 when he was recalled and went 82-58 after.

Here are their numbers:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Mike Trout 139 559 129 182 27 8 30 83 67 139 49 5 .326 .399 .564


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Miguel Cabrera 161 622 109 205 40 0 44 139 66 98 4 1 .330 .393 .606

Who's your choice? Vote in the poll. Try to back up your vote with a reasoned argument. I'll do a similar post for NL MVP between Ryan Braun and Buster Posey soon.

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