The final and most prestigious of baseball’s offseason awards will be handed out today. Both the A.L. and N.L. are set to announce the winners of their Most Valuable Player Awards. This year’s American League MVP has been the subject of much debate. Support seems to be evenly split between Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and Rookie of the Year Mike Trout.
Even though Cabrera won the Triple Crown, my vote goes to Trout. Not only did the Angels centerfielder lead the A.L. in runs scored and stolen bases, he did it in only 139 games. Trout also finished second in the league in batting, and OPS.
Leading the league in homers, RBIs, and batting average doesn’t necessarily lead to an MVP Award. In fact, Ted Williams won two Triple Crowns in the 1940’s and finished second in the MVP voting both times.
Here’s my A.L. ballot.
In the National League I went with batting champ Buster Posey. The Giants catcher drove in more than 103 runs in the regular season and ended the year hoisting a championship trophy. Ryan Braun comes in second after beating a positive drug test and having his 50-game suspension overturned. Andrew McCutchen and Yadier Molina were also outstanding candidates.
Here’s a look at my N.L. ballot.