Choosing between Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera is like choosing between steak and lobster.
That's how I feel when when picking an American League MVP this season.
On the one hand, Cabrera has a legitimate shot at winning the Triple Crown for the first time since Carl Yastrzemski won it in 1967. He's hitting .327 with 43 homers and 136 RBI, and most of his advanced statistics are just as sparkling.
It's hard to deny someone like that the MVP award.
But for as good as Cabrera is a hitter, Trout is just as good of a player. Not only is the Angels' youngster hitting .321 with 29 homers, 125 runs scored and 79 RBI, but he's elite in the field (13.3 UZR) and on the basepaths (48 stolen bases) as well.
His "I do everything well" style has led to a 9.8 WAR (according to Fan Graphs), which is the best since Barry Bonds tallied an 11.9 season back in 2004.
Each player could go on with certain accolades and accomplishments, as there are endless arguments for both players to take home the coveted award in 2012.
Should Mike Trout fall victim to offensively-minded voters, however, he need not worry, because his own prestigious awards will (very) soon follow.
Just check out this stat from mlb.com's Alden Gonzalez:
Trout is first rookie in baseball history to notch 30 homers and 40 steals in one season. Youngest in history to have a 30-30 season.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) September 30, 2012
ESPN Stats and Info gives us one better:
Mike Trout is 1st player in MLB history with 45 steals, 30 HR and 125 runs scored in a season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 30, 2012
Um, yeah, so there's that.
Not only is Trout having one of the best overall seasons in recent memory, he's doing it at the age of 21.
Twenty-one. Let that sink in for a while. He was born in the freaking '90s.
That much talent at that young of an age simply isn't fair. If Trout continues to improve like most kids (Trout is a kid. Shudder) his age do—and seeing what he's done already, there's no reason to think otherwise—he has a legitimate chance to go down as one of the best baseball players in history.
So, there's also that.
If Miguel Cabrera wins the MVP this year, Mike Trout supporters won't be happy. But to those, I have one response.
Cabrera, just like Trout, is having a historical year. Considering the 21-year-old has, at the very least, about 15 elite seasons in front of him, there's a very good chance he won't always run into someone setting different records at the same time as him.
The MVP awards will come.