Miguel Cabrera repeats as Tiger of the Year

Ronald Martinez

Miguel Cabrera is the first player to be named Tiger of the Year for a fourth time by the Detroit chapter of the BBWAA.

During his Detroit Tigers career, Miguel Cabrera has made a habit of setting records. He set another on Tuesday, becoming the first player to be named Tiger of the Year for a fourth time (2008, 2010, 2012-13) by Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

In winning Tiger of the Year for a second straight season, Cabrera earned 17 of 25 first-place votes. Max Scherzer was runner-up, taking the other eight first-place votes.

Since the award was originated in 1965, Cabrera is the only four-time winner. Denny McLain (1966, 68-69), Alan Trammell (1980, 87-88) and Cecil Fielder (1990-92) have won the award three times overall. The 30-year-old third baseman is the first player to be named Tiger of the Year in back-to-back season since Travis Fryman accomplished the feat in 1995-96.

Cabrera led the the Tigers in nearly every offensive category in a remarkable 2013, including batting average (.348), home runs (44), RBI (144), OBP (.442), slugging (.636), OPS (1.078), hits (193), runs (103), and walks (90).

The next award Cabrera is up for is the biggest. Along with Mike Trout and Chris Davis, Cabrera is a finalist for American League MVP. The BBWAA will announce the winner on Thursday night.

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