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Trout is only in the discussion because of a weird fascination with flawed statistics that don't translate well with reality but which have captured the post D&D generation sport fan who believes that the more variables that are introduced into a system the more accurate it becomes.

This group accepts without question that Trout had a superior (and also somehow 'more valuable') season to Cabreras while conveniently ignoring that the same metric would have respectively put David Wright and Chase Headley 3rd and 4th in NL MVP voting - and both of them ahead of Cabrera among rankings of MLB 3rd basemen. Meanwhile this same metric informs us that Nick Swisher was the 3rd best 1b in MLB, Jesus Montero the 10th best C despite only starting 55 games there, and the Braves with the 4th, 5th and 6th best OF. Truly bizarre.

I like WAR. Truly I do. But it only tells us what it tells us and like with every other advanced stat one has to apply the sniff test. Take away WAR and Trout is probably 4th - 5th in overall MVP voting; Cabrera the unanimous winner.
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