Cabrera – first Triple Crown winner since 1967 added an AL MVP award
The Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera added the 2012 American League MVP to his trophy case beating out Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout. While the debate has been ongoing as to who should win the American League MVP, Cabrera or Trout, voting was not as close as most anticipated.
Cabrera received 22 out of a possible 28 first-place votes and 362 points, after hitting .330 with 44 home runs and 149 RBI. Trout received the other six first-place votes and 281 points three days after being named the AL Rookie of the Year. Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers finished third, New York Yankees baseman Robinson Cano finished fourth, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers finished fifth.
Cabrera led the Tigers through the playoffs and on to the World Series. The Tigers lost to the Giants in four games. The Tigers expect to contend for another World Series berth in 2013. earlier this week the team signed free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter to a two-year deal worth $26 million.