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It's MVP Day: We finally get the Trout-Cabrera answer

Trout or Cabera? Cabrera or Trout? It's been a hot-button topic of conversation among baseball fans and media for weeks and we finally get our answer tonight.

In the final installment of the Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards, the Most Valuable Player Awards will be announced tonight at 6 p.m. on MLB Network and on And this is the mostly hotly contested race, the one that pits fan against fan and stat-geek against old schooler.

Seriously now, how can you NOT give an MVP award to a Triple Crown winner like Detroit's Miguel Cabrera? Pretty easy, actually, when you look at the incredible all-around numbers put up by Angels rookie Mike Trout. 

Bucky Gleason made a pretty compelling argument for Trout in his column on the subject last month. Trout is the youngest 30/30 player in history and the youngest to steal 40 bases since Ty Cobb in 1907. And if you're into advanced stats, his Wins Above Replacement (WAR) figure of 10.7 led the majors this year -- and is equal to Ted Williams' career best (1946). It's the highest for anyone since Barry Bonds in 2002.

Call me old school but as I wrote Sunday, I think Cabrera is getting the award on the basis of his Triple Crown and the fact the Tigers won their division while the Angels sat home.

Oh yeah, the National League MVP is getting handed out tonight too. My choice is Buster Posey but there should be a good deal of sentiment too for Andrew McCutchen and defending winner Ryan Braun.

Here's's video preview on the MVPs. Make your choices below.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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