Cabrera wins AL MVP in runaway vote over Trout
After all the debate, all the rhetoric, all the statistical and historical analysis, the result is the same: The American League Most Valuable Player award is staying in Detroit.
Along the way, however, it’s probably taking a side trip through Venezuela.
In the long-anticipated battle of historic seasons, Miguel Cabrera put an exclamation point on his 2012 campaign with the AL MVP award, beating out Angels rookie sensation Mike Trout.
In the end, it wasn’t particularly. Cabrera took 22 of the 28 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
It marked the second straight MVP award for a Tiger, Cabrera following in the footsteps of vocally supportive teammate Justin Verlander, and the first MVP award for a Venezuelan-born player. It’s the first MVP award for a Tigers position player since Hank Greenberg in 1940.
Whether the vote reinforced the historic importance of the Triple Crown, or the emphasis of offensive explosiveness over speed and defense, or the relevance of traditional stats over more recent metrics, will be debated for quite a while. Regardless, the vote breakdown will likely be remembered for a long time as the agonizing balance of two amazing seasons and the catalyst for a statistical debate that’s unlikely to end.
Cabrera and Trout seemed reluctant to be drawn into that argument, complementing one another often since season’s end. Cabrera had hinted more than once that splitting the vote wouldn’t be bad.