We’re Doing The Trout vs. Cabrera MVP Thing Again?
If you want to look at pure old-school numbers, Cabrera has actually been better in 2013 than he was in 2012 when he won the triple crown. He’s going to end the season with more homers, more RBI, has a higher batting average, a significantly higher on-base percentage, higher slugging percentage, higher OPS and higher OPS+. He’s leading the majors in every single one of those categories. Trout is leading the American League in runs, hits and walks.
We can debate about how useful WAR is forever, but like the number of hits that Ichiro Suzuki has padded his numbers with, it’s an accumulation that doesn’t take into account the other important points regarding a baseball player’s usefulness. It’s a compiled stat that very few seem to understand its calculation and even fewer truly know how important it is.
Last season, given that the Angels won more games than the Tigers did, you could say that the value given to the team was similar or even tilted in the direction of Trout because of the Angels’ record with and without him. This season, the Angels have been awful from start to finish and the Tigers are marching toward the playoffs.
The MVP is not the WAR award. It’s not a piece of stat guy or old-schooler randomness that adheres to the criteria they decide it does. The rules that writers follow are listed above and because someone like Law disagrees with the way certain people make their choices doesn’t make them wrong.
Last season there was a real case for Trout as the MVP over Cabrera. This year, it’s a professional boxing style, intentionally promoted rematch without the cachet and legitimacy that accompanied the first bout. They’re trying to right a wrong that was never actually a wrong in the first place. I don’t know where that fits in the mathematical, Latin-infused logical theorems that Law is fond of referencing to prove how much more erudite he is than the rest of the world, but it’s still doesn’t make Trout the MVP. Because he’s not. Cabrera is. Again.