Trout WAR - 10.0
Cabera WAR - 7.1
I'd say he more than made up that gap. And he is so much younger. That seemed really important to you in the ROY race. Don't tell me you are discounting it now.
Triple Crown is said to be overrated and WAR is trotted out as the end-all-be-all of a player's value. Hometown broke it down pretty explicitly I thought in regards to stats.
Trout is a undeniably a Super Stud and more fun to watch, but Miggy was the man this year.
I'm not usually one to discount numbers due to PEDs but I think it's legitimate rebuttal to the "timing" and "better TC numbers have been put up" argument. Of course bigger numbers have been put up, the game is changing back to baseball from Gorilla Ball.
The Tigers making the playoffs with a worse record than the Angels in worse division hold more water than WAR does in MVP talk. Age doesn't factor in when this is such a big counting stat award and Trout had less time to add to his numbers.
"Best player" and "most valuable player" are synonymous. There's no better way to add value to your team than by being the best player in the league.
Trout was the best player in the league. I don't understand what possible argument people could make otherwise.
Cabrera won because of a statistical coincidence. If Josh Hamilton hits 2 more homeruns or Trout bats .005 better, Cabrera loses the Triple Crown and the MVP. It's kinda a joke.
As far as the AL MVP is concerned, I'll just say that I would have gone Trout hands down, but Cabrera still had a great year.
With regards to the NL MVP, Posey was a good choice. He is one of a few who had a good shot at it. McCutchen had a great year, but he cooled off down the stretch (as did the Pirates). Braun was the best offensive performer in the NL (imo), but he plays a lesser position. Votto would have ran away with it had he not gotten hurt, but he did. Probably should have finished higher than he did but oh well. Just my $0.02