This is not an argument about two different visions for the future of our country.

This is not the Big Bang vs. intelligent design vs. evolution.

This is a case of two very different, very extraordinary American League players having two very different, very extraordinary seasons, with one very nebulous and subjective award within each player's grasp Thursday.

There are no wrong answers, or losers, here.

But there is a distinct choice.

Detroit's Cabrera led the AL in home runs, RBI and batting average and thus became the first Triple Crown winner since 1967.

The Angels' Trout led the AL in runs and steals and captivated the sport with his casual, physical dominance.

The MVP is the Big Dog of individual awards in sports. It often serves as a Hall of Fame deal-breaker.

Yet the word "valuable" restricts it to those whose brilliance made a difference, even though the electors are specifically told that it really isn't tied to team performance.

They decide their own criteria. Yet, in 23 of the past 28 selections, their MVP choice has come from a playoff team.

What else can "valuable" mean? Did Edwin Encarnacion's 42 home runs and 110 RBI change the fate of the 73-89 Toronto Blue Jays?

Isn't it true that the Angels were the sixth seed in the 14-team AL matrix, with their least satisfying season in history when measured against investment and assumption?