MLB awards season wrapped up with the Baseball Writer's Association of America naming Miguel Cabrera 2013 American League Most Valuable Player. Outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels finished behind Cabrera for a second consecutive season, Baltimore Orioles' first baseman Chris Davis taking third.
Two other Tigers received votes. Cy Young winner Max Scherzer earned 25, including a third-place vote, placing 12th. Sliver Slugger winner Torii Hunter had a ninth place vote, good for two points.
Cabrera won his second MVP with relative ease. He earned 23 of 30 first-place votes, taking 385 points total. Trout had five first-place votes, 282 points overall. Third-place finisher Davis had one and 232 respectively. Finshing in fourth place was third baseman Josh Donaldson of the Oakland Athletics, taking the final first place ballot and 222 total. Second baseman Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees filled out the top five with 150 points.
Cabrera's victory makes it three straight AL MVP awards for the Tigers, the first time any team has pulled off the feat without winning a World Series since the award came into existence in 1931. The Yankees are the last franchise to corner the MVP market for three consecutive years, doing so from 1961-63.
The win also makes it five consecutive seasons Cabrera has finished in the top five in AL MVP voting.
Cabrera joins Hall of Fame member Hal Newhouser as Tigers who have won back-to-back MVP awards. Newhouser accomplished the feat in 1944-45. Hank Greenberg is the only other Tiger to take home multiple MVP honors, his coming in 1935 and 1940.
Other Tigers to have won AL MVP include Mickey Cochrane (1934), Charlie Gehringer (1937), Denny McClain (1968), Willie Hernandez (1984) and Justin Verlander (2011). Ty Cobb won a precursor to the BBWAA's MVP, the Chalmers Award, in 1912
When asked for comment, now former Tigers manager Jim Leyland made sure to point out just how badly injured Cabrera was in the second half of 2013.
Leyland: This one is more special for Miguel. "If people would've known the toughness and pain this kid was going through. He's the best."— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) November 14, 2013
Before his season was derailed by a groin injury, Cabrera was making a serious run at a second straight Triple Crown. Cabrera ended up second in home runs and RBIs behind fellow AL nominee Davis with 44 and 137. But Cabrera still had a dominant season at the plate, topping many of his excellent 2012 numbers. He led the majors in hitting at .348, OBP at .442, slugging at .636 and with 1.078 OPS.
Cabrera has had a busy off-season, filling his trophy case with honors received for his remarkable 2013 season. Along with AL MVP, he took home the Hank Aaron Award as the AL's top hitter, was voted AL Most Outstanding Player and Player of the Year at the MLB Player's Choice Awards, and was named Sporting News MLB Player of the Year. All five awards were swept by Cabrera in 2012 as well.
Last three MVPs, two of the last three Cy Youngs. This is a great, great time to be a Tigers fan.— BYB Rob (@Detroit4lyfeRob) November 14, 2013
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