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Miguel Cabrera named Player of the Year by his peers

Nov 5, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

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We have to wait until next week for the awards voted on by the writers, but the Players Choice Awards were announced earlier tonight on MLB Network. Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera was voted as the Player of the Year by his peers, beating out finalists Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. So, um, cue the outrage. Or at least get some practice in for next week.

Also of note, Chipper Jones won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award for excellence on and off the field. He beat out Paul Konerko and Michael Young for the honor.

Here’s the full list of award winners, which were voted on in September:

AL Outstanding Player: Miguel Cabrera
AL Outstanding Pitcher: David Price
AL Outstanding Rookie: Mike Trout
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Adam Dunn

NL Outstanding Player: Andrew McCutchen
NL Outstanding Pitcher: R.A. Dickey
NL Outstanding Rookie: Todd Frazier
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Buster Posey

Marvin Miller Man of the Year: Chipper Jones

  1. dcfan4life - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Cant argue with any of those selections whatsoever. Hope the writers awards are identical.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:45 AM

      I’d have picked Harper as NL top rookie.

  2. 13arod - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    why not harper for national league outstanding player?????

  3. chill1184 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Go Dickey!

  4. randygnyc - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    I see what they did. Cutch AND Posey. Cabrerra AND Trout all pick up hardware. Now everyone is happy?

    • paperlions - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      That is exactly what they did.

  5. historiophiliac - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM


  6. brewcrewfan54 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Shoulda been Braun.

  7. indaburg - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Nice to see McCutchen recognized.

    • paperlions - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      It is, but he somewhat obviously wasn’t the best player in the NL. Posey had a higher OBP and similar slugging while playing in a park less conducive to offense, and did so while playing the toughest defensive position fairly well. McCutchen was great, but not the best this year.

      • indaburg - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        I’m not going to argue that Posey wasn’t better. Thems are the facts. I’m mostly amused by awards and don’t take them too seriously. (A good rule of thumb for next week when Cabrera is named MVP over Trout–not that I agree, but really, so what.) I’m just happy for Cutch. He seems like a good guy and he had a heck of a year.

      • paperlions - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM

        I agree. He is a great young player and fun to watch. I feel bad for him that he’s stuck in Pittsburgh, though they do have some great pitching on the way (I’m much less impressed with their position prospects, they have navy seal mental toughness….but their approach at the plate sucks…maybe they should focus on that instead of boot camp training).

  8. frank433 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    What did Dunn comeback from, other than a shitty season?

  9. prosourcetalk - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Cutch rules

  10. scoregasmic - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Cabby deserves it

  11. rjilot - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Are you kidding me – Andrew McCutchen for National League Player of the Year? What did his team do? What were his stats vs. Buster Posey, and how valuable could he have been if his team couldn’t even finish with a winning record? And by the way, what did the SF Giants do this year? Case closed!

    • jarathen - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      I’m going to assume this is some lesson in not feeding the trolls.

  12. wj4122 - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    Mccucthen was easily more valuable to his team than posey was to the giants. Posey did some amazing things to help his team into and trough the playoffs! But there is a reason mccucthens peers on the field picked him over posey. Mccucthen plays for the pirates……the pirates and they would not be anywhere near as good as they were if they did not have him as a player.

    • paperlions - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      This isn’t a “most valuable” scenario, so that vacuous argument holds not water. McCutcheon was great, but Posey was better. There is really no basis for picking McCutcheon, he didn’t hit better, he didn’t play a tougher defensive position, and he didn’t play his position better.

  13. wj4122 - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Rjilot posey didn’t even get most valuable on his team let alone the entire NL league.

  14. acastro19860 - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    Outstanding player awards recognize more individual achievements, when you add in the team success criteria it becomes an MVP award. They nailed it

    • jarathen - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      What about Most Valuable Player has a “team success” ring to it?

  15. metalhead65 - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    By outrage if u mean the stat geeks like yourself then yea u know it alls r proly ticked off. The rest who watch the game and not the stats not so much. Great to see Frazier get his due gor a truly great rookie year. No way the Reds have the year they do without him.

  16. jeffharwell3 - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    2010 buster is a rookie giants win series
    2011 buster misses season giants miss playoffs
    2012 buster is back, kicks ass, gets batting title*… GIANTS WIN THE SERIES…MVP DON’T YOU THINK???!!!

  17. willclarkgameface - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    NL Outstanding Rookie: Todd Frazier
    AL Outstanding Rookie: Mike Trout

    I love these picks, further proving that Bryce Harper, everyone’s golden boy, was hot air in 2012. You’ve gotta listen when contemporaries make the pick.

  18. metalhead65 - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    what do the people who play the game know about it anyway? it’s all about the saber metrics and the guys who live and die by the geek stats they make up. the guys who can’t live without their phones or laptops 24/7. you know the guys who were picked last for their teams if at all when they were kids and have come up with this saber crap as their revenge. guys who could not tell the difference between a curveball and a changeup if their lives depended on it. yet they feel compelled to tell everyone else how to play the game and who is good at it. I will take the players and coaches view however flawed over some internet hacks who have their own website and think they know everything.

    • loungefly74 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      a little harsh, metalhead65…but i love it!

      hey man, i agree. i shake my head in disbelief when i hear a “stat head” say for example, “oh…well…he was batting leadoff…so he does not get that much of a chance for RBI’s…etc…so with that said, RBI’s are overrated and biased”…. Ummmm? no. dont think so, pal. the manager placed him there for a reason. your earn your spot in the line-up. if you are batting 8th or 9th..hey, there is probably a good reason he is there…versus the 3-4 hitter, who is doing something right to be hitting there.

      with that said, i like sabermetrics…but statheads blow it up out of proportion. funny thing about numbers is they dont lie but you can spin them any way you want. for as i’m concerned, BA, RBI’s, HR’s are still feakin important.

      good for Miggy winning this award. he won the freakin’ Triple Crown, for cryin’ out loud!

    • Jeremy T - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      I don’t think too many people are saying that BA, RBIs, and HRs are meaningless (especially HRs), but using those three alone is ignoring a very large portion of the game. Overrated doesn’t mean worthless, it means… overrated.

      Also, while people who play obviously have quite a bit more knowledge about many aspects of the game, an outsider’s opinion can still provide valuable perspective.

      • loungefly74 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        I think those old-timers were on to something when they selected HR, RBI, and Batting Average to be the Triple Crown catagory. of course there are other important stats/numbers…but those 3 are important. never said it was worthless…

        oh…i disagree…A LOT of people say the TC is outdated and overrated. i disagree with them but thats my opinion.

      • Jeremy T - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        The only reason the “old-timers” selected those three were because they were the best available at the time. I’m not saying an experienced feel for the game should be ignored. In a perfect world, and I think in the majority of front offices, scouting and newer statistical measures are both taken into account.

  19. twelsh36446 - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Cabera will be the NEXT MVP

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