In a battle today between stat nerds and old stat nerds who don’t realize that they’re stat nerds, the latter group won. After a lot of contentious arguments -- and then a month-long period during which everyone forgot about those arguments because baseball hands out awards ridiculously late -- Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey were named MVPs of the AL and NL, respectively.
Cabrera received 22 of 28 first place votes, easily trouncing second-place finisher Mike Trout, who most figured would be a slightly more formidable opponent in this thing. Posey won in similarly smooth fashion, collecting 27 of 32 first place votes. Ryan Braun, last year’s controversial MVP, finished second in the NL race.
Cabrera took home the MVP this year in large part due to the fact that he was MLB’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years. The shininess of that honor ultimately blinded voters enough to make them completely ignore the fact that Trout’s year was far more impressive. If you want to know why Trout was absolutely, positively jobbed today – read Nate Silver’s column. He lays out the case for the guy who should have won quite nicely.
It is what it is, though.
Honestly, it’s fine if people want to overvalue this year’s Triple Crown. It’s way more meaningful in theory than in reality – but whatever. What’s truly ridiculous, however, is the margin of victory that Cabrera won by. Six first-place votes for Trout? Really?
Never underestimate a voter’s desire to not be labeled a stat geek – even if they’re just using a different set of stats to come to their conclusion.