Old school common sense won out over new school sabermetrics.
Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won the American League's Most Valuable Player Award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels in voting by 28 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
"Wow. Wow. I don't believe it," Cabrera said Thursday. "I'm very excited. ... I never expected I'd end up winning because Mike Trout, he (had an) unbelievable season."
Cabrera beat Trout 362-281 in a weighted voting system. Cabrera received 22 of the 28 first-place votes, to Trout's six first-place votes (Cabrera was second on each of those ballots).
"I think when you do something that hasn't been done in 40-some years," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, "with everything (Cabrera) did down the stretch when we needed him the most. I was a little nervous about it, but to be honest with you, I just felt like if this guy doesn't get the MVP, then there should be no such thing as an MVP."
Even though Cabrera won, the Cabrera-Trout debate likely will rage on for years.
"I'm not sure the debate is over, but we know that the election is over and frankly it was not as close as people anticipated," said BBWAA secretary/treasurer Jack O'Connell.
Cabrera became the first player to win the Triple Crown in 45 years, leading the league in home runs (44), RBIs (139) and batting average (.330).
McCarthy update: Pitcher Brandon McCarthy is ready for a normal offseason after being medically cleared this week to resume his regular routine, less than three months after being struck in the head by a line drive and undergoing emergency brain surgery.
"Everything's good," McCarthy said. "This last month I have taken the rest part very seriously."
McCarthy, a free agent who was the A's opening-day starter last March, spent Monday and Tuesday undergoing extensive evaluations by renowned concussion expert, Dr. Michael Collins, at the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to his Dallas-area home and was cleared by Collins to begin working out.
Owners' meetings: Commissioner Bud Selig said he is examining the pending trade that sends at least three of Miami's best players to Toronto for prospects just seven months after the Marlins moved into their new home, which was financed primarily with tax money.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.