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.
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
|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.
NL Player of rhe Year
|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.