Miguel Cabrera Named American League Most Valuable Player
On Thursday night, Detroit’s beloved Miguel Cabrera, was named the 2012 American League Most Valuable Player. His superb statistics: .330 batting average, 44 home runs, and 139 RBIs safely secured him 22 of 28 first-place votes for the award. Cabrera also won the Triple Crown, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 1967 – and an achievement many fans and experts alike expected to never happen again.
Cabrera beat out American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout for the award, in a landslide victory. The 21-year-old hit .326 (second to Miguel Cabrera in the AL), was third in the AL in on-base percentage (.399), third in slugging (.564), second in OPS (.963). He led the majors in runs scored (129) and steals (49). Trout’s rookie numbers rank him among the best in the history of the game.
After the surprising signing of Prince Fielder, Cabrera agreed to shift over to third base, despite the heavy criticism that doubted his abilities at the “hot corner.” This shocking move to third base would normally affect a player’s offensive statistics, but not in “Miggy’s” case. Cabrera hit 14 more homers and had 34 additional RBIs than he did in his 2011 campaign. One can only imagine what Cabrera will do next season with a healthy Victor Martinez to accompany him and Fielder.