After weeks of debates and an MVP campaign that at times felt more like a Presidential election than baseball award, Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown winning season proved convincing enough to the Baseball Writers Association of America that he was named American League MVP, his first time winning the award.
As it turns out, the balloting was not nearly as close as many anticipated. Cabrera got 22 of 28 first place votes. He finished a full 81 points ahead of Trout in the balloting.
Of course, the announcement was not without controversy, but that debate has been hashed out in so many places that it’s not worth getting into here. What we can agree on is that Cabrera had an absolutely phenomenal season at the plate, made a difficult move to third to accommodate a new teammate, and played the position better than most people expected. Trout, the A.L. Rookie of the Year, still deserves credit for a fantastic season, and will have plenty of other opportunities to win the award in the future – and if he has another season like he did in 2012, he almost certainly will.