Mike Trout was asked this week what about Miguel Cabrera most awes him.

"His swing," Trout said. "Especially watching it from centerfield (while I'm) playing defense. He's fouling off pitchers' pitchers. But once you leave that one over the plate, he doesn't miss it. It's pretty cool to watch.

"He squares up almost everything, and when he does, he hits it a long way."

Trout spoke Monday night after he was unanimously named American League rookie of the year.

Tonight, we find out whether Cabrera, the Tigers third baseman, or Trout, the Angels centerfielder, has won this year's AL MVP. The voting was done by 28 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The announcement of the winner is scheduled for 6:47 p.m. on the MLB Network and at bbwwa.com.

"To be in the talk of MVP with these big guys like Cabrera -- he had the Triple Crown -- just being part of the discussion is an incredible feeling," Trout said Monday. "It's hard to explain."

Trout speaks about his MVP case with humility, unlike some commentators who dismiss Cabrera's Triple Crown and say Trout is the obvious MVP.

With his words and his tone, Trout made it clear this week it would be an honor to win the MVP. And isn't that what the MVP is -- not an argument, but an honor?