MLB: 6 Early Season MVP Candidates

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With just over a month of Major League Baseball games in the books, it’s time to look at potential candidates for this season’s MVP. While it’s obviously still early in the season, these predictions will give you an idea of who to watch for as teams play out the rest of their games in 2013. Enough ball has been played to give us some idea of who will named MVP given their performances thus far.

2012 MVPs

Oct 25, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) at bat in front of San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28, right) during the fourth inning of game two of the 2012 World Series at AT

What better way to get an idea of who will be picked in 2013 than looking at who was picked in 2012? Their stats and accomplishments will give us something to compare this year’s aspiring MVP’s to.

First, we have Miguel Cabrera who played (and is still playing) for the Detroit Tigers. After the 2012 regular season, Cabrera had a .330 batting average, 44 home runs, and 139 RBI’s. He was the top player in each of these categories and became the first player to win the Triple Crown in the American League since 1967.

Buster Posey batted .336 and batted in 60 runs after the All-Star break. He threw out over 30 percent of runners trying to steal bases and helped pitchers throw better ball games. Matt Cain threw a perfect game and gave a lot of credit to Posey for his effort; he claimed to be consistently following Posey’s signs.

Here are my top picks for the 2013 MVP.

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