Tigers have strong opinions about Cabrera, MVP …

The AL MVP race between Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera has been a hot topic of late. The Angels, for the most part, have taken a politically correct approach. Trout talked Wednesday about how “first on the list is getting to the playoffs,” and Mike Scioscia said, “They’re both putting up extraordinary numbers in some different areas.”

But the Tigers, particularly ace Justin Verlander and manager Jim Leyland, haven’t been shy about expressing their desire to see Cabrera win the hardware.

Here’s what they said postgame today (thanks to Jason Beck and Anthony Odoardi for passing it along) …

Leyland, when asked about the sabermetric numbers being in Trout’s favor …

“Well, I’m going to answer that this way: I will not use the player’s name, but according to the sabermetrics, there’s a player that is better than Miguel Cabrera. When the guy that gave me the sabermetrics told me that, I said, ‘Well then, should we trade Miguel Cabrera for the player you’re talking about?’ And he said, ‘Oh no, you can’t do that.’ And I said, ‘Well then, you don’t believe in sabermetrics, and neither do I.’”

Verlander, when told about the possibility that Cabrera gets the Triple Crown and Trout still wins the MVP …

“That’s ridiculous. When was the last time there was a Triple Crown winner? Sixty-seven? OK.”

Verlander, on Ted Williams winning two Triple Crowns and not winning the MVP either year (1942 and ’47) …

“Ted Williams lost because of what’s his name? Joe DiMaggio [in ’47]? Which goes down as one of the worst MVP votings of all-time, I think, in my opinion. His statistical year wasn’t nearly as good as Ted Williams’. … That would be a joke in my opinion.”

Verlander, on whether this would be the worst MVP decision if Cabrera didn’t win …

“Yeah. [The Triple Crown] hasn’t been done since 1967. Come on. Even the fact that he’s one home run away is just absolutely absurd. I mean, just watch him. Watch him when we need him down this home stretch. Oh my God. You want to talk about MVP, compare their numbers the last two months of the season. Big difference.”

Verlander, last year’s MVP, has gone as far as creating T-shirts to tout Cabrera’s MVP case.

Cabrera simply lauded Trout, saying …

“He’s amazing, man. You need to give some credit to him. At that age what he’s done is very amazing. That’s why everybody talk about him. That’s unbelievable, man. There’s nothing we can do, him and me. We’ve both got a great year. We can’t control that. We go out there and play hard, win some games. He’s focused on winning some games with Anaheim. I’m focused on winning some games here in Detroit. We’ll let you guys decide what’s gonna happen.”


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