The regular season has come to an end, and the playoffs are kicking into gear, which means one thing: baseball's award season is just around the corner.
Few things are as contentious—or divisive—among fans of America's pastime as the debate over who is worthy of taking home the biggest individual honors that the game bestows each year.
We need only to think back to last year's American League MVP race between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, one that found the "old school" traditionalists firmly in the corner of Detroit's slugger pitted against "new school" sabermetricians, who fervently sung the praises of Los Angeles' up-and-coming superstar.
The voters ultimately sided with tradition, awarding Cabrera the award for his Triple Crown-winning season.
Will they be able to avoid being influenced by the new school again this year, or will there be a changing of the guard among the guardians of baseball's most prestigious hardware?
Let's take a look at how it's all going to play out—and if those who are going to win the awards are the folks who truly deserve them.
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.