File this under: “Well, duh, of course he’s going to say that, and in his place you’d say the same thing,” but Jim Leyland’s rationale for thinking Miguel Cabrera is the MVP over Mike Trout is interesting. And yes, that “player you’re talking about” is Trout:
“Well, I’m gonna answer that this way,” Leyland said. “I will not use a player’s name, but according to the Sabermetrics, there’s a player that is better than Miguel Cabrera. When the guy that gave me the Sabermetrics told me that, I said, ‘Well then should we trade Miguel Cabrera for the player you’re talking about,’ and he said, ‘Oh no, you can’t do that.’
“And I said, ‘Well then you don’t believe in Sabermetrics, and neither do I.’”
(1) I love how, when assessing Mike Trout, people dismiss it as “sabermetrics.” Since when is defense and base running “sabermetrics?” Isn’t that part of baseball? Indeed, the knock on statheads for years was that they only looked at the hitting numbers and paid no attention to defense and base running. Now, when that is considered, that’s some esoteric, statistical argument? Really?
(2) I know Leyland can’t say that he’d trade Miguel Cabrera for Mike Trout, but I guarantee you — I’d bet my life on it — that all 30 general managers in baseball, Dave Dombrowski included, would trade Miguel Cabrera straight up for Mike Trout. Indeed, the Angels would be the ones who balked at that, I’m sure.
Anyway, I’m going to go get my calculator so I can tell if this is a good play: