Courtesy of MLB Advanced Media
Major League Baseball announced today that the Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera was selected as the winner of the 2012 Hank Aaron Award for the American League. Established in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, the Hank Aaron Award is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and recognizes the most outstanding offensive performers in each League.
Cabrera ended a 45-year gap between Triple Crowns, which had been the longest streak in baseball history, by leading the American League with a .330 batting average and pacing all of Major League Baseball with 44 home runs and 139 RBI for the 2012 A.L. Champion Tigers. The 29-year-old topped the American League with 377 total bases, 84 extra-base hits and a .606 slugging percentage, while he was second with 109 runs scored and 205 hits, fourth with a .393 on-base percentage and seventh with 40 doubles.
This is the first time both winners of the award are meeting in the World Series. The San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey was named winner of the award for the National League.