Originally Posted by Homer Bailey
Trout is the most valuable player in the American League. And baseball for that matter. Whether or not he wins the award is in question (although I think he will). Whether or not he deserves it is not in question. He's the most valuable player in the AL, and should win the award, and I certainly hope he does.
Citing WAR as the "in" stat is mocking the fact that value should be placed on defense and baserunning. Trout plays a difficult defensive position, and plays it incredibly. While being a great power threat, and a baserunning threat. He's as close to a perfect baseball player as you could craft in today's game.
Just to be clear, I wasn't mocking WAR. Far from it. I was only pointing it out because prior to this season they never included WAR in the listed stats on ESPN and now that they do, more people are aware of it. Like it or not, not everyone is a SABR fan. As for me personally, I'm aware of what WAR is, but to be honest I have zero clue as to how it's figured.
The point I was trying to make is that the triple crown is a very rare achievement by current standards. For a player to get that and NOT win the MVP will be pretty shocking to most average baseball fans. The SABR followers, not so much. It just seemed like a perfect example of old school vs. new school.