SBN Awards: Mike Trout, Buster Posey named Players of the Year

Otto Greule Jr

In the battle of advanced metrics versus traditional stats, you can probably guess how SBNation's AL bloggers would vote. There were no surprises on the NL side of the ledger.

Near the end of the regular season, Kurt, SB Nation's baseball writers and I all got together (virtually, anyway) to cast our votes for end-of-season awards. We'll be announcing them this week, just as the Baseball Writers Association will be announcing its awards.

Monday we posted SBNation's Rookies of the Year; Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Wednesday, we announced SBNation's Pitchers of the Year, Justin Verlander and R.A. Dickey.

Today is the the big one - SBNation's Players of the Year.

In what Tigers fans hope isn't a precursor to Thursday night's BBWAA MVP vote, the consensus Rookie of the Year, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, was also he runaway winner for AL Player of the Year.

In a battle of advanced metrics versus traditional power stats, Trout topped the Tigers' Triple Crown winner, Miguel Cabrera, 344-249. Trout and Cabrera were the only players to receive first place votes. But Trout dominated there as well, 22-4.

Rounding out the top 5 were 2nd baseman Robinson Cano of the Yankees, Rangers 3rd baseman, Adrian Beltre and the Tigers' own Justin Verlander.

The Tigers were the only team to place 3 players in the top 10. Joining Cabrera were Verlander, who was the top ranked pitcher in placing 5th, and Prince Fielder tied 2012 Cy Young winner David Price for 9th place.

Other Tigers receiving votes were Austin Jackson and (soon-to-be Tiger) Torii Hunter.

AL Player of the Year

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels 22 4 344
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 4 18 3 1 249
Robinson Cano New York Yankees 1 14 8 2 189
Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers 3 6 8 6 2 177
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers 2 6 8 1 1 115
Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers 2 6 1 4 2 70
Ben Zobrist Tampa Bay Rays 1 6 3 3 2 3 64
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles 1 4 2 6 2 58
David Price Tampa Bay Rays 1 7 1 3 44
Prince Fielder Detroit Tigers 2 2 3 1 3 1 44
Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays 4 3 1 3 2 43
Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals 1 2 2 3 1 29
Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners 2 3 3 25
Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins 1 1 3 2 2 24
Austin Jackson Detroit Tigers 1 2 1 4 19
Torii Hunter Los Angeles Angels 1 1 7
Fernando Rodney Tampa Bay Rays 2 6
Josh Reddick Oakland Athletics 1 4 6
Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels 1 2 5
Josh Willingham Minnesota Twins 1 1 4
Chris Sale Chicago White Sox 1 2 4
Alex Rios Chicago White Sox 1 3
Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 1 2
Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics 1 2
J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles 1 1

There's little question the vote for SBNation NL Player of the Year will mirror the BBWAA's results. Giants catcher Buster Posey was the easy winner, topping Brewers outfielder and 2011 MVP, Ryan Braun, 442-330.

Posey dominated Braun in the first place votes as well, 27-7. The only other player to receive a first place vote was the 3rd place finisher, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, with 2.

The top 5 was fleshed out by a pair of 3rd basemen, the Mets' David Wright and Chase Headley of the Padres.

NL Player of rhe Year

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Buster Posey San Francisco Giants 26 6 3 442
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers 7 16 6 4 2 330
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates 2 7 14 8 3 277
David Wright New York Mets 2 6 5 10 6 2 1 1 204
Chase Headley San Diego Padres 2 13 6 7 3 1 1 190
Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals 4 2 2 7 10 5 3 1 189
Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves 2 1 5 7 4 5 90
Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers 1 1 3 5 3 4 48
Michael Bourn Atlanta Braves 1 4 5 4 3 47
Matt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals 1 2 1 5 1 28
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds 1 1 1 4 25
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers 1 2 1 3 24
Gio Gonzalez Washington Nationals 1 1 2 1 21
Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks 3 4 4 21
Ian Desmond Washington Nationals 2 3 2 19
Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds 1 1 1 14
R.A. Dickey New York Mets 1 1 1 2 14
Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins 1 1 4 11
Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies 1 1 10
Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals 1 1 7
Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers 1 1 6
Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds 1 1 6
Martin Prado Atlanta Braves 1 1 1 6
Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies 1 5
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves 1 5
Bryce Harper Washington Nationals 1 1 5
Allen Craig St. Louis Cardinals 1 1 5
Melky Cabrera San Francisco Giants 2 4
Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals 1 2 4
Carlos Beltran St. Louis Cardinals 1 3
Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves 1 2
Alfonso Soriano Chicago Cubs 2 2
Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks 1 1

Will BBWAA voters embrace Trout and advanced metrics as much as the online writers, or will they continue to embrace traditional stats, where Cabrera rules?

We'll find out in a few hours.

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