Much has been made -- and will continue to be made -- about who should win the MVP award in the American League. Though the award won't be announced until after the playoffs, only regular-season stats count. And it can be framed as a debate over old-school stats (Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera) vs. new-world metrics (Mike Trout). Before that is officially settled, however, we can have a similar debate when it comes to the Twins. Who was this year's offensive MVP: the guy with the old-school stats (Josh Willingham) or the better new-world numbers (Joe Mauer)? Here's a back-and-forth look at both players, with a final thought at the end:

• Mauer is the winner: He not only led the American League in on-base percentage (.416), but finished 50 points higher than any other teammate (Willingham was next at .366). That helps explain why Willingham had a career-high 110 RBI, since the guy hitting directly ahead of him was on base more than anyone else in the league. Wins above replacement (WAR), with only offense factored in? Mauer beats Willingham 4.9 to 4.4.

• No, Willingham is the winner: Those runs don't just drive themselves in. Willingham led the team in homers (35) and dwarfed everyone with those 110 RBI. When nobody else could hit in April, he batted .347 with five homers. In fact, he hit at least five homers in every full month except September. Furthermore, he had so many big hits. The walk-off against Oakland? The two-run blast to beat the Reds? Those were season highlights in a year without many.