Courtesy of Tigers News
Miguel Cabrera was named the American League Most Valuable Player Thursday evening in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The award marks his first career Most Valuable Player honor and Cabrera is the first Tigers position player to win the award since Hank Greenberg did so in 1940. Cabrera is the fourth position player in franchise history to win the award, joining Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer and Mickey Cochrane.
Cabrera led the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBI to become the first player to win the Triple Crown since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. In addition to leading the league in batting average, home runs and RBI, he also led the league with 377 total bases, 84 extra-base hits and a .606 slugging percentage, while he finished second with 109 runs scored and 205 hits, fourth with a .393 on-base percentage and seventh with 40 doubles.
The Tigers have now featured the American League Most Valuable Player in each of the last two seasons with Justin Verlander winning the award in 2011 and Cabrera winning this season. It marks the third time in Tigers history that the club has posted back-to-back American League Most Valuable Player awards.