The debate between Trout and Miggy is a silly one.
All of these new age writers, like Passan on Yahoo, keep talking about the fact that Trout's defense is reason why he gets the edge. Defense has NEVER mattered in MVP voting. The hypocrisy is emphasized by the simple fact that Passan was the number one advocate for Verlander's MVP win. How much defense does Verlander play? How about NONE.
Miggy has 84 extra base hits (40 doubles, 44 jacks). Trout has 63 (26,7,30). Never has a player (in the modern age) won an MVP with only 63 extra base hits.
Miggy has a combined 236 runs/rbi. Trout has 213. A massive difference.
Another pet peave. When have stolen bases ever mattered in MVP voting? The only two speeders that I can recall winning on stolen bases are Jimmy Rollins and Rickey Henderson. When Jimmy won with his 40+ steals he also had 30 jacks, 20 triples and 38 doubles (a whopping 88 extra bases), so the production was easily there. When Rickey did it his number look a lot like Trout's, except for the fact that he had 65 steals to go with 28 jacks and 33 doubles. A big difference is the walk numbers. Rickey had 97 walks that year to only 60 strikeouts. Trout has 67 walks and a whopping K/game rate with 136 punch outs.
Now to the triple crown. Writers are a bit silly on this one. They paint the misleading picture that Miggy shouldnt win simply because he is going to win the triple crown. They suggest that the triple crown is a collection of three random stats of varying importance. How stupid is that. The Triple crown reflects the rare feat where a player hits for the BEST average in the league and the BEST power in the league and does so in BIG moments. Power hitters always cheat on average to get 10 more bombs. Average hitters choke up and slap balls with two strikes. Its incredibly rare that a player can LEAD THE ENTIRE league in both, because to excel at one you must sacrifice the other. The triple crown is an UNBELIEVABLE FEAT.
Lets also not let the triple crown skew the other key facts.
Miggy leads ALL OF BASEBALL in OPS and Mike Trout by 40 points.
Miggy leads ALL OF BASEBALL in Slugging Percentage and Mike Trout by 60 points.
Miggy leads ALL OF BASEBALL in extra base hits. Mike Trout is 26th in baseball.
And then there is, what I personally think is the most important category for any baseball player, which is total bases.
Miggy has 375. He leads ALL OF BASEBALL with a massive 20 base edge. He leads Mike Trout by a WHOPPING 64 bases. So even if you factor in the total number of bags Trout has stolen that Miggy hasn't, Miggy still has Trout by 20+ total bases.
Only Derek Jeter has more hits than Miggy in all of baseball. Miggy has 24 more hits on the season than Trout.
Miggy struck out 39 less times than Trout did.
Miggy gets intentionally walked way more than Trout 17 to 3.
Bottom line is that Miggy leads ALL OF BASEBALL and Mike Trout in every meaningful stat, except for runs scored. That includes OPS, Slugging, hits, doubles, home runs, extra base hits, total bases, rbi and strikeouts.
So why on earth is this such a debate.