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Triple Crown but No MVP?

September 24th 2012 18:18

The year was 1967. The Packers have beaten the Chiefs in the first ever Super Bowl and the Outer Space Treaty has been signed. After all this happend Carl Yastrzemski became the 17th and last player to complete the triple crown in the MLB. It is even more rare than hitting 4 home runs in a game or throwing a perfect game. You could also consider it an even bigger accomplishment, being that it is a full season's worth of greatness.

Miguel Cabrera may possibly add his name to the list of all the great hitters, mostly Hall of Famers. He is first in average in the AL at .331, first in rbi's at 133, and tied at the top with 42 home runs. If he passes Josh Hamilton and maintains the lead in the other categories we all may be witnesses one of the best seasons by an individual ever. The only question is, will he win the AL MVP?

How can someone have such a great year and do something only 17 others have ever done and still fall short of the MVP trophy? Well there's a 21 year old kid out in California that is also having one of the best seasons ever. Mike Trout already has the AL Rookie of the Year in his pocket. Only 2 players have pulled off being the best rookie and winning the MVP; Ichiro and Fred Lynn. Will Trout be the 3rd? I believe so. His numbers all around are amazing, and you can't really put his amazing defense into stats outside of fielding percentage. Cabrera is the only AL hitter to have a better average and no one has more steals than Trout (46). He also is in the top 15 in home runs while he has taken away more round trippers than anyone else.

The debate of making the playoffs cannot be used here. These are the only 2 up for debate in the AL MVP picture and neither of their team looks like it will make it to the post season. I'm not dismissing Cabrera's possible accomplishment; it will be amazing if he pulls it off. It's just that Trout does everything for the Angels and means so much to them. I would love to see the 18th triple crown winner, making this debate so crazy and impossible to be wrong. My vote is for the kid though.
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