Detroit Tigers’ slugger, Miguel Cabrera , now has the Most Valuable Player award to go along with his Triple Crown this season.
Cabrera won MVP over the Los Angeles Angels’ phenom rookie Mike Trout. Cabrera got 22 first place votes to Trout’s 6 and a total of 362 points to Trout’s 281. Trout won the Rookie of the Year award, however.
Tigers have taken home the MVP trophy in back-to-back seasons, with starting pitcher, Justin Verlander winning the honors last year.
Cabrera is the first Venezuelan born player to win MVP.
Trout was favored by many of the more sabermetric-focused analysts and fans. It’s due to his league leading in Wins Above Replacement of 10.7 to Cabrera’s 6.9, according to ESPN.
WAR is a summary of a player’s allaround contributions to his team and weighs their ability to create or prevent runs.
WAR is calculated slightly different depending on the formula used by the statistician or website.
“I was a little concerned, I thought Trout was going to win because they put his numbers over me,” Cabrera said.
Cabrera was backed by the traditionalist statisticians, with Cabrera winning the Triple Crown and leading the American League in home runs, batting average, and runs batted in.