Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
Whether or not Miguel Cabrera deserves the AL MVP award isn't really much of an argument; he clearly does. He leads the AL in runs created, is also second in runs driven in, and is in a 1-2 battle with Josh Hamilton in OPS, WAR, and just about every other statistical category aimed at evaluating overall player performance. However, will he win it, is a much more difficult question. Voters have traditionally over-emphasized factors that are mostly outside of the player's control, like whether or not the player's team is en route to the playoffs, which Cabrera's obviously is not. There's a very good case to be made that Miguel has been the best player in the AL this season and deserves the award, but there's a very real possibility that Cabrera will come up short when the voting comes down.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
Miguel Cabrera should win the AL MVP award. I say should, because I know that is distinctly different than what may actually happen. The Tigers have faded from the AL Central race. Cabrera has been pitched around regularly in the second half of the season, particularly since Magglio Ordonez hit the DL and Brennan Boesch decided to start posting a sub-.500 OPS (yes, OPS). Despite all of that, Cabrera has continued to pound the ball, and by pound the ball, I mean put up an absolutely monstrous season. Pick an offensive category, and you're likely to find Cabrera's name among the leaders. Batting average? Second a .333 heading into tonight's game. On-base percentage? Numero uno. Slugging? Second. OPS and RBI? First, and first. Home runs? Third. Doubles? First again. How about something more advanced; maybe say OPS+? Yep, he's first again. Maybe we can find a flaw if we look at WAR? Nope, he's second there too. His closest competition comes from Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers outfielder that has had his own remarkable season; and done in while playing for a team headed to the playoffs. That may be the biggest obstacle Cabrera has to face, because the statistics tell you he's the guy. His team isn't in the playoff hunt. Regardless of that, Miguel Cabrera has been arguably the best player in the American League this year. If he's not in the middle of the Detroit Tigers lineup, just how bad would they be? Miguel Cabrera is the AL MVP for 2010, and in the end, I think the voters are going to see that.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think when it's all said and done, Miguel Cabrera will be the AL MVP. Heading into Monday, Cabrera ranks in the top three in eight different offensive categories, which is unbelievable considering the Tigers' lineup took a significant hit when Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen got hurt, and Brennan Boesch slumped. Despite not having much in the way of protection, Cabrera has still managed to produce, and with Texas' Josh Hamilton presently injured, Cabrera has a chance to pad his numbers while Hamilton sits. Although the Tigers may be out of the race, Cabrera has had a monster season, and by the truest definition of the award, he is very deserving considering how much he has meant to the team this year.
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