Old school common sense won out over new school sabermetrics. Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won the American League's Most Valuable Player Award over Mike Trout of the Los Angles Angels in voting by 28 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The announcement was made live on the MLB Network tonight. Even though the Tiger won, the Cabrera-Trout debate likely will rage on for years. After all, many in Detroit still believe Alan Trammell was robbed of the 1987 award by George Bell of the Blue Jays. The debate between Cabrera and Trout took on a life of its own. Cabrera became the first player to win the Triple Crown in 45 years, leading the league in home runs (44), RBIs (139) and batting average (.330), among other categories. He also performed better than Trout over the final months of the season and late in games. Unlike Trout, Cabrera helped his team reach the playoffs (and ultimately the World Series, although votes were cast before the postseason).
Miguel Cabrera edges Mike Trout to win 2012 AL MVP
Detroit Free Press | Nov 15