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Miguel Cabrera: 67.7%
Mike Trout: 32.3%
"Call me crazy, but I still think the word 'valuable' means something in the MVP voting. Trout struggled during the season's final two months, while Cabrera put the Tigers on his back and led them to the AL Central crown. Despite what the advanced metrics say and the fact that Trout is a far superior defensive player, delivering when your team needs you the most should matter. This has little to do with Cabrera's Triple Crown and everything to do with his clutch performance and incredible consistency." - Geoffrey Ratliff, Los Angeles Dodgers Featured Columnist
"The AL MVP is one of the best two-man races we have had in some time. Mike Trout is a true five-tool player, while Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown and led his team to the World Series. Despite the Triple Crown win, Cabrera failed to beat Trout in WAR; no modern TC winner has ever not finished first in WAR. Trout was the best baserunner and base stealer, which complemented his top-tier fielding and hitting. He had a special season, even more so than Cabrera." - Dan Tylicki, MLB Featured Columnist
“Call me old school, call me a dinosaur...but I cannot vote for anyone other than the first Triple Crown winner since 1967. For a right-handed hitter to do this makes it that much more impressive, especially while playing in a park not exactly viewed as a hitter's haven. Miguel Cabrera is your 2012 AL MVP.” - Stephen Meyer, Deputy MLB Editor
It is seemingly impossible for the voters to go wrong with their choice for the 2012 American League MVP award. There is a Triple Crown winner and a rookie that put up incredible numbers.
A weak September from Trout could be what makes the difference in this race. Both players deserve the award, but the fact that Cabrera picked things up in the season's final weeks while Trout struggled a bit may have won Cabrera enough votes to give him an edge.