Somewhere between August and September, I stopped watching baseball. Maybe because the Cubs became unwatchable, or maybe I couldn’t come to terms with the fact that the Dodgers became the Yankees. Then, at dinner on Friday, I caught a glimpse of the Orioles retiring the last Rangers’ batter to win the AL Wild Card game, and I was reminded that I really love baseball. So, here are the 2012 MLB Awards:

AL MVP: Detroit Tigers, 1B, Miguel Cabrera: I understand that Mike Trout had an amazing year. I will be the first person to admit that Mike Trout had the greatest rookie season in history, but Miguel Cabrera had one of the greatest seasons in history.

During his Triple Crown campaign (leading a league, either AL or NL, in home runs, RBIs, and batting average), Miggy hit .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs. He also recorded 109 runs, 205 hits, and a .999 OPS. Miggy produced at his new position at third base as well. Although some doubted he could make the change from first to third, Cabrera wasn’t horrendous, committing only 13 errors.

Let’s compare other Triple Crown seasons with Miggy’s. The most recent Triple Crown winner is Carl Yastrzemski, who accomplished the feat in 1967. His batting average was .004 worse than Miggy’s. Yaz had the same amount of home runs as Miggy but 18 fewer RBIs. Frank Robinson won the Triple Crown in 1966. Although he belted 49 home runs, Robinson had 17 fewer RBIs. Miguel Cabrera’s batting average is .014 points better as Robinson’s as well. In Ted Williams’ second Triple Crown campaign, he had 8 fewer home runs, as well as 25 fewer RBIs. Miguel Cabrera is definitely the MVP in my book.

Buster Posey has led the Giants to the playoffs. Photo: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

NL MVP: Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants: Both Ryan Braun and Buster Posey deserve this award. Both players had incredible seasons and led their clubs to winning records. The only difference is that Buster Posey did all of this playing catcher, while Braun did it in the outfield.

Posey had an incredibly productive year offensively considering he was coming off of a season ending injury. He batted .336 with the NL’s best OPS+ (OPS adjusted to a player’s home ballpark). Buster had the highest WAR (wins above replacement) in the National League according to Baseball Reference along with 103 RBIs, 178 hits, and a .408 OBP. He’s also been an outstanding catcher for San Francisco with the third least errors (3) at catcher and fifth most putouts (855) at catcher. Posey caught Matt Cain’s perfect game as well. At only 25, Buster Posey has a long and illustrious career ahead of him.

 AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander, P, Detroit Tigers: Last season, Verlander won this award in a landslide along with AL MVP honors. This year he may not even win the Cy Young even though his numbers are nearly as good. In 12 2/3 fewer innings, Verlander threw 239 strikeouts, walked only 2.3 batters per 9 innings, while posting a 2.64 WHIP. Verlander’s win total dropped from 2011, but wins don’t measure a pitcher’s performance. If Justin Verlander threw the same number of innings as he did last year, this would be a no brainer for everyone. Instead, some people are trying to be cute and say that David Price should win the Cy Young. Don’t get cute. Use some common sense.

NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw, P, Los Angeles Dodgers: R.A. Dickeyhas an amazing story. He throws a knuckle ball and is 37 years old. I wish I could say that R.A. Dickey deserves this award. But I can’t.

Clayton Kershaw has been even better than Dickey. He has a league best 2.53 ERA, and the second best WHIP (1.023). Plus, he strikes out a whopping 25.3% of the batters he faces. For every 9 innings, Kershaw allowed a measly 6.7 hits, .06 homeruns, and 2.5 walks, and struck out 9.1 batters. That’s his average. That’s what to expect from him. Imagine what Kershaw did when he was on. Kershaw was on on September 28 against the Rockies. Through eight innings, Kershaw allowed only 5 hits, no runs, and he struck out 10 while only walking 2. That’s how dominant Clayton Kershaw was in 2012.

 AL Rookie of the Year: Mike Trout, CF, Anaheim Angels: If there has ever been an easier decision in my life, I don’t remember it. No rookie has ever been as dominant in every phase of the game as Trout.

Trout can hit the laces off a baseball. He hit 30 home runs with a 171 OPS+ and a .326 batting average. He had 182 hits (ranking ninth in the AL) and 315 total bases (sixth in the AL).

When Trout gets on base, pitchers better beware. He stole 49 bases, leading the American League.

Trout contributes just as much on defense as he does on offense. With a .998 fielding percentage, he almost never committed any errors. He recorded 340 putouts, and his defensive play saved the Halos 20 runs if they played an average defender at center field.

He did all of this with a month less than everybody else in the league.

NL Rookie of the Year, Bryce Harper, LF, Washington Nationals: If not for his incredible September, Harper wouldn’t be winning this award. But September definitely counts. And boy what a September Harper had! His 1.049 OPS and 7 homeruns paired nicely with his league leading 26 runs. Bryce Harper came through clutch when it mattered most. I would like to personally thank him for sealing the deal on my fantasy baseball victory.

I wasn’t watching the last two months, but I’ve already been loving the first week of postseason action. I would love to see an A’s vs. Reds World Series so that Bud Selig looks bad (as if the possibility of Melky Cabrera winning the batting title wasn’t bad enough).



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