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LM Otero, Associated Press
Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout (27) high-fives Kendrys Morales (8) after scoring on a single by Albert Pujols during the third inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. The Angels won 5-4.

Miguel Cabrera has his Triple Crown. MVP award, maybe not.

Hold on, now. How could that be?

Mike Trout, that's how.

It's the hottest debate in baseball, seemingly pitting old-school traditionalists against new-age number crunchers in a bench-clearing shouting match over what constitutes "valuable."

At stake is the American League's Most Valuable Player award, perhaps the game's top individual prize.