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Miguel Cabrera, Paul Goldschmidt win the Hank Aaron Award

Oct 27, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

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ST. LOUIS — Major League Baseball just announced the winners of the 2013 Hank Aaron Award. It’s Miguel Cabrera in the AL and Paul Goldschmidt in the National League.

The award is intended to honor the best offensive performers in each league. Which, given that the MVP Award has become almost exclusively the province of hitters and given that the MVP voters have had the habit of not including defense in proper proportion, it’s a defacto hitting award too, but let’s leave that for another day.

We’ll also leave advanced metrics at the door, as the Award is voted on by a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Aaron, with a fan voting component added on for good measure.  This is not the stuff of WAR leaders and the like.

If we are looking at offense and offense alone, and if we are looking at more traditional metrics, it’s hard to go wrong with Cabrera in the American League. He had another fantastic year, hitting .348/.442/.636 with 44 homers, 137 RBI and 90 walks. He led the league in average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS and OPS+. Same with Goldschmidt in the NL. He hit .302/.401/.551 with 36 homers, 125 RBI and 99 walks. He led the NL in homers, RBI, slugging, extra-base hits, OPS and OPS+.

Each of these two will be contenders for the MVP Award, with Cabrera likely the favorite in the AL. Advanced metrics will matter there a bit more, but probably not enough to carry the day for those who look better under said metrics’ illumination.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    More like Mig-ain’tintheplayoffsanymore-el Cabrera, amirite?

  2. tfbuckfutter - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    They should create the Barry Bonds Award which would go to the player who had the best season while cheating.

    Think of the debate between Cruz, Peralta and Colon.

    And of course, a case has to be made for Alex Rodriguez. Just when everyone thought he was he done, he found a little bit of “gas” in the “tank”.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Horse is dead. You can stop beating it now.

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        Sometimes if you jump right on it’s stomach a little bit more stuff comes out.

        Takes patience is all.

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM


        I made “it” possessive!


      • apkyletexas - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

        It IS a stomach. Truly.

  3. elwaysmilehighdenver - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Congrats Miggy ! Well deserved.

  4. apkyletexas - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Anyone know if McCutchen still has a shot at MVP? I was hearing McCutchen all through the division round of the playoffs, but I’ve only been seeing Goldschmidt’s name since. I know that Goldschmidt has better power numbers. It would be nice if McCutchen’s amazing defensive range got a little bit of notice.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    And the great minds covering the WS for TV almost showed us this ceremony, sort of from behind, talking over it.

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