Is Miguel Cabrera the American League MVP in 2012?
2012 American League MVP if you ask Detroit Tigers' manager Jim Leyland.Leyland weighed in with his opinion on Thursday (August 9); talking about how good "Miggy" has been this year. The Tigers are certainly benefiting a lot from having Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the middle of the lineup, but he may have a lot of competition in the AL MVP race.
So far this year, Cabrera has posted a 0.323 batting average with 29 home runs and 96 RBIs. He is very likely going to finish in the top 5 in all three key categories for the season, making him a very suitable candidate for the award. His batting average is behind only Mike Trout (0.345) he is just two home runs behind Josh Hamilton and Adam Dunn and is tied for the AL lead in RBIs.
A lot of support may go to Trout of the Los Angeles Angels as well, because he is putting up some pretty spectacular numbers himself. In addition to his 0.345 batting average, Trout has 47 extra base hit, 65 RBIs and 36 stolen bases in just 91 games played. That's pretty remarkable in itself, but he may have to finish the season strong to captivate all of the postseason voters.
Leyland is doing the right thing by standing up for his best player, but when the numbers are all tabulated at the end of the regular season, even he might have to admit that Trout is putting up numbers unlike anything anyone has seen before.
Do you agree with Jim Leyland that Miguel Cabrera is the 2012 American League MVP? Could he help lead the Detroit Tigers to a World Series win this year?