Bill posted about Cabrera’s big night last night, and this morning Twitter is dominated by folks noting just how utterly ridiculous Cabrera has been so far this year. And make no mistake, he has been. He’s hitting .387/.457/.659 and leads the AL in runs, hits, RBI, batting average, on-base percentage, OPS, and total bases. Just crazy dominant. Obviously the pace won’t continue, but he’s easily the current leader in the MVP race if you care about such things in May.
But there is one tiny — and believe me, it is tiny — thing bothering me about all this today. It’s this sentiment, which I’ve seen all over the Twitters since the season began, usually spiking after Cabrera has a big game:
Is there anyone still debating that Trout should’ve won MVP last year over Cabrera? Didn’t think so
— Ja][V][es Strysick (@JimmyStrysick) May 20, 2013
Sabermetrics: Trout is better than CabreraReality: Cabrera has 3 home runs tonight & won the Triple Crown last year
— Kenny Gartner (@kennygartner) May 20, 2013
Could give 2 craps less about all these saber metrics. How did people think Trout was MVP last year? Miguel Cabrera is the truth
— Jamey Van Dyke (@Jameyvandyke) May 20, 2013
So, what’s the Mile Trout over Miguel Cabrera arguments this year?
— Barry M. Bloom (@Boomskie) May 20, 2013
Do these people seriously believe that what happens in 2013 justifies assessments made about the 2012 season? How far back does this line of thinking go? Prince Fielder is having a better year than Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez and Ryan Howard. Does that mean he should have finished ahead of them in the 2009 MVP voting? Can someone tell me how this works?
People like to say the statheads are on some crusade and can’t stand it if people don’t agree with them. But I don’t see any statheads still fighting the 2012 MVP debates. And none of them are seriously arguing that Trout has had a better year than Cabrera so far.