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.
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:
|2012 - Mike Trout||139||559||129||182||27||8||30||83||67||139||49||5||.326||.399||.564|
|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.