When debating on who should win the American League MVP, voters need to know two words: Triple Crown.
That is what Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera accomplished this regular season. The hitting Triple Crown is awarded to a player who leads the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. The 29-year-old Venezuelan did that, becoming the first player in 45 years to earn the honor.
Cabrera batted .330, hit 44 homeruns and drove in 139 runs. He was the star player of the AL Central champions.
However, there is a 21 year old out west who turned heads this season. Los Angeles Angles rookie Mike Trout had an incredible season in his first full campaign. His batting average was .326, 30 homeruns and 83 RBIs in 138 games. Trout’s advantage over Cabrera is has a great glove in the field and stole 49 bases. Trout and the Angels missed the playoffs finishing behind the Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers in the AL West.
It’s an extremely close race, but the fact that Cabrera won the Triple Crown and his team won the division, the MVP award should go to the man playing in Detroit.