jcook3127 wrote:I always feel it is a combination of the two...you can't completely ignore team success because there are no players without teams. Tigers clinched the playoffs on the final weekend in baseball. Trout has a tee time tomorrow. I don't think the glamorous steals and individual fielding sway me enough to not vote for the Triple Crown Winner in the playoffs.
The Angles finished with a better record than DET and in a MUCH tougher division to play in. So to me the whole argument of "Miggy made the playoffs and Trout did not" has no importance IMO. Had the Tigers finished above OAK/TEX record wise, then okay, I can somewhat follow the logic of that (though I don't agree with it).
Trout had the better season. Plain and simple. Better WAR, better stats, and supreme defense vs. sub-par defense from Miggy. The triple crown is nice, but as mentioned above, it is just an arbitrary set of numbers. The triple crown very well could have been, SLG%, SB%, and OBP. It really doesn't matter nowadays. I'd also like to point out that had Miggy not been pulled in the final game (after going 0/2) and continued on and went 0/4 or 0/5 then he may not have won the AVG title. Ted Williams was in a similar situation and played the ENTIRETY of the final game KNOWING that if he didn't hit he wouldn't have won the triple crown. Miggy (or the coaches) took the safe path and pulled him from the game.
Odds are that Miggy wins the MVP. Voters love players from teams who make the playoffs (even though it doesn't make sense) and titles that don't mean squat (the triple crown) compared to stats that take in the whole picture (WAR).
Trout still had the better season. And it wasn't close.