Originally Posted by dougdirt
It is an incredibly true statement. Miguel Cabrera provided the most value to the Tigers. But Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Prince Fielder, Austin Jackson, Alex Avila, Andy Dirks, Doug Fister and that entire bullpen all provided a whole bunch of value too. In terms of WAR, which I know we don't want to use, but it makes this simple, the Tigers provided 45.7 WAR as a team. Cabrera made up 15.5% of that. They had four other players make up at least 10% as well. Cabrera was the best player on his team and only made up roughly 15% of their "wins". Trout for example was responsible for 21% of the Angels wins and only Torii Hunter had over 10% on that team.
It's just not that simple though. If I'm making a team right now, no doubt Mike Trout is the guy I want. No argument there, but you can't ignore the fact that Cabrera was the linchpin of a team that earned a world series berth and achieved a feat that hasn't been seen in forty plus years to boot. That's pretty valuable. I see the argument for Trout, but the outcome isn't exactly surprising given the precedent for voting on this award.