Originally Posted by Saul Badguy
I agree. You can make a solid case for Cabrera winning the MVP. You can do so while basing your argument on his impressive BA, HRs, and RBI total. You can not, however, say that winning the triple crown automatically makes him the player with the most value and have it be an intelligent statement.
Once again, I think you're just knocking down your own straw man here.
Again, I'm going to point to the season Elsbury had just last year.
We're touting the 125/50/30 thing here, yes? Well Elsbury went 119/39/32. Would you agree that's damn
close? He also drove in 105 runs and did a far better job of putting the ball in play than Trout did this year.
Elsbury would've gotten steamrolled
in the MVP voting by the season that Cabrera's putting up right now. He damn near got passed by Bautista who's stat line was inferior to Cabrera's almost across the board and who played in a far far better hitters environment. And whether you like it or not, Bautista's team didn't
make the playoffs and he didn't
finish the with absolutely torrid stretch that Cabrera had. Cabrera has a significantly stronger case this year than Bautista had last year.
This idea that Trout's having a historic season is just wrong. He's having a historic season for a rookie
, but the season itself is just another in the long line of very very good power/speed seasons.
And in the end the Triple Crown does count for something
. Is it dispositive? No, but it does mean that you were clearly the best at those things that season. That's a big deal and enough to ultimately give the thing to Miggy.