September 25, 2010
Robbie or Josh: Who wins?
Today when I left the gym I put the Yankee game on the radio to hear what Dumb and Dumber had to say. For once I was very interested in the topic: Robbie Cano (Don't Ya Know!) or Josh Hamilton, for MVP. Suzyn Waldman was saying how there were roughly 100 scouts at todays (or the series, I can't remember) looking at Cano. The majority of them said that they A.L. MVP will come down to Cano and Josh Hamilton, with Miguel Cabrera getting brushed aside.
I found this all interesting because there can be several arguments made in both cases. Josh Hamilton fractured his ribs during the homestretch of the season, one in which he was outperforming most guys and pushing his team into the playoffs. He got hurt and the Rangers have been gimping along in a sense. Hamilton's fielding is something I haven't paid enough attention to, as far as making a statement on that. I have heard that his defense is average, but again, I can't make a judgement.
Then you look at Robbie Cano and see him hitting over .300 and close to a second year of 200 hits. Cano is also one of the smoothest fielding second basemen, if not the best one. I don't say that because I love him, but because you can see it and many other teams and managers have also noted his defense. Cano is also in the middle of one of the toughest lineups in baseball.
Then there is poor Miguel Cabrera, who coming into today, is hitting .329 with 36 HR's and 122 RBI's. How is he not in this conversation? Apparently because the Tigers suck is the answer, at least according to what Suzyn Waldman was supposedly told. I understand that the Tigers are not winning a division title, but how can you discount his accomplishments for the season based on that? I know this is how it goes, but I feel he is worth mentioning.
If you got to vote, who gets your vote? Why?
My vote would be for Robbie, he plays every day all season and for a middle infielder he hits not only for average but can be/is a power hitter as well.
(Photo credit: Kevin Jairaj)