October 4, 2012 by bowmanaj
I’m a Detroit Tigers fan. I refuse to hide my bias. “Eat ’em up Tigers, Eat ’em up!” I’ve been a fan of all Detroit teams, even through the very, very dark times. Despite always rooting for Detroit, I still understand how other players can be more deserving of an award. However, today is not one of those days.
Naturally, I am pulling for Miguel Cabrera to win baseball’s coveted Most Valuable Player award. On October 3th, the last day of the 2012 season he secured the Triple Crown, leading the American League in batting average (BA), home runs (HR) and runs batted in (RBI) the first time in 45 years. More than just Michigan is rooting for him as well, according to ESPN’s poll, posted the same night, 80% of the over 100,000 people who voted, agree he should win the MVP award.
Yet, commentators across the country and ESPN’s talking heads, especially Tim Kurkjian, keep pointing out about the four Triple Crown winners who have not won the MVP award during the same year. Constantly on the screen flash images of Angel’s Mike Trout, and the categories Cabrera isn’t leading; hits, stolen bases (SB), runs (R), and other obscure meaningless categories.
How is there such a great divide? Why do sports writers not want to give him the award? How is there even a debate!? Over 100,000 people across the world cannot be wrong. Give the award to him, before he gets angry and goes big fly on your head.
There are no valid arguments to not give Miggy the MVP. Writers could be uneasy to hand it to a Tiger two years in a row, because after all Justin Verlander lit the world on fire last year. Teams on either the west or east coast always get more attention, therefore more MVP votes. Most likely commentators created controversy to lead to high viewership and fan feedback. Perhaps the phrase, “Haters gonna hate,” sums it up best.
If this was any other year, I would say congrats to Trout. Yet, this is not any other year. This is a once in a lifetime occurrence, because the Triple Crown has not happened in two of my lifetimes. There are just too many good players for it to happen every year. In this age there are specialty players, who hit specifically for average or power, plus all of the amazing pitchers in the league now. This means, what Cabrera did in 2012 is even more amazing.
Plus there is one simple little fact not to over look; the Detroit Tigers are in the post season. The Angels, meanwhile, are improving their golf game. Yes, some of it has to do with Prince Fielder hitting behind Cabrera, but during each at-bat, it is nothing more than pitcher versus batter. The player on the team who is actually in the post season, automatically has more weight.
Miguel Cabrera is the undisputed American League Most Valuable Player for 2012 because of winning the Triple Crown. The sensationalists and writers desperate for readership can try to make a point why someone else may be deserving by using out of context statistics, bloated pandering and the standard “hating.” No matter what anyone says, one thing is for sure; he dominated.