Re: AL mvp....
Cabrera is the first third baseman to win the triple crown.
Cesar Cedeņo was the first guy with 20 Hrs and 50 SBs when he did it in 1972.
(a feat accomplished many times since).
Eric Davis was the first to 25/80 in 1986. He scored 115 runs in that year also.
There's a first time for everything.
Neither of those guys cracked the top 5 in MVP voting.
I'm just devil advocating here, since I'm in the camp of "I don't care who wins, but this is interesting".
Trout is going to have to overcome the facts that
1) His team missed the playoffs and it didn't seem to be from lack of talent.
2) He missed a month of the season (not his fault, but...) (Cabrera will end with 160 games played).
3) A triple crown is a big deal. Maybe it shouldn't be, but it is.
Voters are voters. Who know how they end up voting. A least Trout has a lot of advocates, something Cedeņo and Davis really didn't have.