It’s that time of year again, the time where sportswriters, fans, and players argue like little girls watching twilight. Only this time instead of Team Edward and Team Jacob, it’s Team Miggy and Team Trout. In 2012 nobody really knew who the MVP was going to be until the day it was decided, but everyone had their piece of the fight. Mike Trout with a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of 10.90, compared to Cabrera’s 7.27, was the main reason for argument on team Trout. And for those on team Cabrera, it’s basic, he is the first player since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967, to win the triple crown. After the vote, Miguel Cabrera received 362 total votes points compared to Trouts 281 points, giving team Miggy the win.

Miggy and Trout

So here we go again, it’s 2013 and guess who are the top candidates for the AL MVP, Miguel Cabrera, and Mike Trout. Mike Trout had incredible stats overall once again this year, in 137 games he hit .338, 23 home runs, 84 RBI’s, 96 runs, and 26 stolen bases. Also, once again, he led the league in WAR, at a very respectable 9.6. Then there is Cabrera, plagued by injuries thru most of the second half of the season, and with that he still turned in one heck of a year. In 130 games, Miggy hit .356, with 43 home runs, 133 RBI’s, and 96 runs. The largest difference between the two, the Detroit Tigers are in the playoffs, and the Los Angeles Angles are not. Possibly giving the edge to Cabreara.

So who wins? Who should win? Are there other players who could win? Why Chris Davis is not in the running for AL MVP? Understandable. Chris Davis had an incredible season, leading the league in home runs and RBI’s, also coming out of nearly nowhere to all the sudden top of the league leading charts and starting at 1st base for the American League All Stars. He is not in the running for MVP because his WAR is much lower than Cabrera and Trouts, and the MVP voters do not just look at traditional stats, it is much more in depth than home runs and RBI’s. Chris Davis will receive votes, but not any first place votes, automatically taking him out of the race.

Miggy and Mike

Miguel Cabrera will win the 2013 MVP award, Mike Trout will be a close (closer than last year) second. Next week, Miguel Cabrera will continue to lead his through the ALDS, while Mike Trout and Chris Davis enjoy vacation on a sunny beach in Hawaii. That will be the deciding factor for the voters, Cabrera succeeded on the season goal, Mike Trout didn’t. The MVP stay’s in Detroit for another year and Miguel Cabrera becomes the first player since Frank Thomas did it in 1993 and 1994 to win MVP in consecutive seasons.

Go baseball.