Tiger’s third baseman Miguel Cabrera turned in an historic season in 2012, becoming the first player since Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to win the Triple Crown and that achievement was the overriding factor in having Cabrera named last night as this year’s American League Most Valuable Player.
Many figured that the writer’s balloting for the award might be close with an expected challenge from Angel’s outstanding rookie outfielder Mike Trout. However, in the end, it was a cakewalk for Cabrera with the 29-year old native of Venezuela perched atop 22 of the 28 ballots cast, totaling 362 points. Trout, already named the AL rookie of the year, placed a distant second with six first place votes and 281 points.
Cabrera says he’s going to keep working hard so he can improve his game Even more next season Detroit has produced the last two MVP award winners with Cabrera following up on the honor captured last year by Tiger pitcher Justin Verlander, who just barely missed this week taking home a second straight Cy Young Award, which went to Tampa Bay hurler David Price.
The National League MVP award winner, also announced Thursday, was San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey. And speaking of catchers, Gerald Laird has signed a two-year deal with the Braves. Laird hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBI’S in 63 games for the Tigers last season.He was with St. Louis in 2011 after playing forDetroitin 2009 and 2010.