|Road Warrior Yajuta wrote:
If Cabrera wins the Triple Crown he will become only the 15th player to ever do so. Two guys Hornsby and Williams won it twice for 17 total seasons that a TC has happened. 38 players have joined the 30-30 club. Many players are multiple time members. Hell Bobby Bonds did it five times. 60 times it has happened in history.
I have been impressed with Trout. I think the kid has the natural talent and work ethic to be special. With that said, any of you that purport to be baseball fans, while saying his season was more impressive is astounding. If you go by numbers alone, Cabrera's feat is more rare. Spare me the whole rare does not mean better junk either. BA, HR, and RBIs are not some obscure stat created by ESPN to make something seem so much more epic than it really is. Remove the emotion from it and look strictly at the numbers. Trout is more exciting to watch, but that alone should not give him the award.
On another note, baseball has been littered with one year wonders. It is not Trout's talent or work ethic that could derail his career, but injuries can happen. Look at Dale Alexander as proof of a wunderkind that had his career ended early because of injury. I know medical science has progressed tremendously since his career, but there is precedent there. I know not the same case but look at how badly Ken Griffey Jr.'s career tailed off once injuries started piling up. Trout has had one of the greatest rookie years in history, of that, there is no doubt. I don't see him being the next Joe Charboneau, but sometimes guys tease and tantalize and then fall off.(For clarity I know Trout's numbers are way better just tossing a name out there of a supposed baseball savant that was a flash in the pan)
But what would Trouts numbers be if he didn't miss the first part of the season because he was still in the minors? I think it was Verducci who said if Trout had been on the opening day roster, his numbers would be almost the same as Cabrera