What's also annoying is that those who advocate WAR eat, breathe and sleep baseball and have worked for years to try to quantify parts of the game that aren't easy to put into numbers, yet these national writers who just picked up their pens a week ago want to argue that Triple Crown = MVP.
Things I won't debate:
1. The game of baseball revolves around more than hitting the ball, believe it or not.
2. The Angels would have made the playoffs if they were in the AL Central. It's that simple. Take Detroit's 18 games against Cleveland and split them between NYY, BAL and TB and I'm guaranteeing you they are the ones making the tee time.
3. The Triple Crown has been achieved 18 times now. Trout's pertinent counting stats (leadoff hitter) have never been achieved. I would say getting the Triple Crown now is a bigger achievement than it would have been before; I'd be lying not to give him that.
4. Trout is at worst the second best CF in baseball this season:
Baseball Info Solutions computes plus-minus ratings for outfielders based on their ability to get to the balls hit to all different parts of the field. There is a rating for shallow flies, for medium-range flies and for deep flies. A fielder is rewarded if he makes a play on a ball hit to a spot in which others usually don’t.
Trout rates as an average center fielder on shallow flies. But he excels in medium-range flies and deep flies.
Trout’s reward on medium-depth and deep balls is a big one; he’s a plus-33, meaning he’s 33 “bases” better than the average center fielder. That’s the best in the majors. The next-best outfielder, Denard Span, rates seven bases behind him.
5. Remember when Detroit was down 3 games a couple weeks ago? Remember that seven game stretch that gave them the 3 game lead? Cabrera was 5-26 with 1 HR/3 RBI. Isn't that when his team needed him the most? If you argue his hot September put them in that position, you're walking on ice because the counterargument for Trout can easily be made given his May/June/July production keeping LA from completely tanking. Even if you give Cab brownie points for September production, it's not a huge + in his direction, especially considering Trout still had a higher OBP in September than Cabrera did.