(Image source: SBNation / Doug Pensinger)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants were selected for Most Valuable Player awards Thursday. The selections mean both league champion teams will have one of their own claiming that title.

 

The 29-year-old Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to win the triple crown, leading his league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. And he led his team to the World Series before losing out to Posey and the Giants in a quick four games.

 

But there was some controversy surrounding Cabrera’s selection by the 28 baseball writers who choose the MVPs. Despite the third baseman’s historic year, there were many analysts who said when you look at all the stats, he didn’t have the best season overall, or even on offense.

 

Deadspin said the MVP prize should instead belong to Rookie of the Year Mike Trout of the Angels, writing:

 

“Los Angeles's Mike Trout had an average only four points lower than Cabrera's, an on-base percentage six points higher, and he scored 20 more runs. He led the league in stolen bases. Oh, ha, wait, baseball writers control the MVP balloting, so Cabrera won in a landslide!”

 

Even New York Times statistical whiz Nate Silver made a case against Cabrera.

 

Though Fox’s Ken Rosenthal cut him some slack, Tweeting:

 

“Let the sabermetricians howl … Cabrera’s late-season performance was compelling.”

 

As for Posey, the MVP award comes just one year after the Giants catcher missed almost the entire 2011 season due to a horrific home plate collision that tore ligaments in his ankle and fractured his fibula. ESPN’s Curt Schilling says the comeback makes the award even sweeter for Posey.

 

“What he came back from makes it an even better story — the way their season went, the way it ended. And watching him in the postseason, he’s not just a great catcher, a good thrower and all those things — he’s a leader.”

Cabrera, Posey Take MVP Awards

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Nov 15, 2012

Cabrera, Posey Take MVP Awards

(Image source: SBNation / Doug Pensinger)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants were selected for Most Valuable Player awards Thursday. The selections mean both league champion teams will have one of their own claiming that title.

 

The 29-year-old Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to win the triple crown, leading his league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. And he led his team to the World Series before losing out to Posey and the Giants in a quick four games.

 

But there was some controversy surrounding Cabrera’s selection by the 28 baseball writers who choose the MVPs. Despite the third baseman’s historic year, there were many analysts who said when you look at all the stats, he didn’t have the best season overall, or even on offense.

 

Deadspin said the MVP prize should instead belong to Rookie of the Year Mike Trout of the Angels, writing:

 

“Los Angeles's Mike Trout had an average only four points lower than Cabrera's, an on-base percentage six points higher, and he scored 20 more runs. He led the league in stolen bases. Oh, ha, wait, baseball writers control the MVP balloting, so Cabrera won in a landslide!”

 

Even New York Times statistical whiz Nate Silver made a case against Cabrera.

 

Though Fox’s Ken Rosenthal cut him some slack, Tweeting:

 

“Let the sabermetricians howl … Cabrera’s late-season performance was compelling.”

 

As for Posey, the MVP award comes just one year after the Giants catcher missed almost the entire 2011 season due to a horrific home plate collision that tore ligaments in his ankle and fractured his fibula. ESPN’s Curt Schilling says the comeback makes the award even sweeter for Posey.

 

“What he came back from makes it an even better story — the way their season went, the way it ended. And watching him in the postseason, he’s not just a great catcher, a good thrower and all those things — he’s a leader.”

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