Closing out the Major League Baseball award season, the Most Valuable Players in both leagues were announced, and there was a mild surprise (at least to me) on the NL side.
In any other year, this might have been a great story of a double Rookie of the Year and MVP season for Mike Trout (LAA). But this is not any other year as Miguel Cabrera’s stats were too much to deny him the MVP. Miguel Cabrera won the American League Triple Crown, something that anyone under the age of 45 has never witnessed in their lifetime (those at 50 might barely remember). Miguel Cabrera led the league in: Batting average (.330), Home Runs (44), RBI (139), Slugging (.606), OPS (.999), and Total Bases (377). It might have been easier to list things he didn’t lead the league in. All this while switching to 3B to accommodate Prince Fielder at 1B, and while not winning a gold glove, was competent. It was his second straight batting crown. Trout finished a respectable second place, Robinson Cano (NYY), Josh Hamilton (TEX), and Adrian Beltre (TEX) finished in that order.
Posey edged out the 2011 MVP Ryan Braun who had the gaudy numbers may not have meant as much to his team. I certainly think by definition of the award, most valuable to his team, Posey is the winner in a landslide. Case in point, he missed 2011, which is now the only season out of the past three in which San Francisco didn’t take home the commissioners trophy. And Posey had MVP-like numbers, led the NL with a .326 average, knocking in 103 runs with 24 home runs. And playing the most grueling defensive position in baseball, and playing it so well, they couldn’t afford to move him. And those rare days off behind the plate, he was still on the field. He was also 2nd in on-base percentage (.408), fourth in slugging (.549), and in the top 10 in doubles (39).
So both MVP’s squared off in the World Series, truly showing their value throughout the season and through the postseason!
That’s a wrap for MLB Awards, on to 2013!