Re: AL mvp....
There have been four Triple Crown winners who were not named league MVP and in each year the Triple Crown winner lost the award to (1) a player with a lower WAR score who (2) played on a pennant winner.
In 1933 Chuck Klein won the Triple Crown with .368 28 120 along with league leading .422 OBP and .602 SLG but the MVP went to Giants ace Carl Hubbell who went 23-12 with a 1.66 ERA, both NL bests. Hubbell had the better WAR, 8.6 to 7.3, not that WAR was calculated then. More importantly, while Klein won the Triple Crown, his numbers actually were "down" from previous seasons, and Hubbell played for the pennant winner.
In 1934 Lou Gehrig won the Triple Crown with .363 49 165, along with AL best .465 OBP and .706 SLG. Lou's WAR was much higher than AL MVP Mickey Cochrane, 10.1 to 3.7. However, Cochrane was the player-manager of the pennant winning Tigers.
Ted Williams captured the Triple Crown in 1942 with .356 36 137 along with AL best .499 OBP and .648 SLG. Ted's WAR led as well at 10.2, with AL MVP Joe Gordon finishing second with a 7.8. Gordon did lead in AL in grounding into double plays with 22 and tied for the most errors by any AL second baseman--but Gordon played on the pennant winning Yankees.
In 1947 Teddy Ballgame won another Triple Crown, joining Rogers Hornsby as a two time winner, but he again was denied the MVP despite AL leading numbers of .343 32 114 .499 .634 as voters gave the MVP to Joe DiMaggio. Williams lead in WAR at 9.6 while DiMaggio was 9th in WAR at 4.5--but the Yankee Clipper played for the pennant winner.
These votes are decades old but would indicate that if Cabrera wins the Triple Crown he will probably be named AL MVP unless the Tigers fail to make the pst season and Trout's Angels do make the post season. There is no precedent for a Triple Crown winner who played on a pennant winner being denied the MVP award.
This doesn't mean that Cabrera is better than Trout, though.
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Last edited by RedsBaron; 09-21-2012 at 04:17 PM.