Gardenhire on Cabrera: “He should be the MVP”
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire cautions his remarks by noting he has seen a lot more of Miguel Cabrera than he has of Mike Trout. And the stats note that Cabrera has hit better against the Twins this year than he has against nearly any other team in the league.
That said, Gardenhire makes a point in his support of Cabrera: The Triple Crown still means something.
“I haven’t seen Trout out there since the first of the season,” Gardenhire said. “I know he’s had a heck of a year and people are saying this and that about him. I’m just tipping my hat to Cabrera. He’s the best player in this league. He should be the MVP. If we were to stop right now, there’s no doubt in my mind. Going for a Triple Crown, that’s an MVP season. He has his team in a playoff hunt. Whether they get there or not can’t solely depend upon him, but he’s the reason they’re in it right now. And that’s an MVP. He’s the best player in our league.”
The Triple Crown, he argued, trumps the sabermetric statistics.
“All I’m going to tell you is if you’re going for a Triple Crown and you’ve got his numbers, you can saber all you want to. Those numbers blow your brain,” Gardenhire said. “And I know Trout’s do too, that’s pretty good numbers. A couple of other guys have decent numbers. But look at Cabrera’s numbers. That’s ridiculous. That’d right up there with some of the best players in baseball. It doesn’t make much sense to me to be arguing about this, to tell you the truth.”