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Miguel Cabrera wins second straight AL MVP Award

Nov 14, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

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It’s a repeat. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was announced as the winner of the American League Most Valuable Player Award by the BBWAA this evening, beating out finalists Mike Trout and Chris Davis.

Cabrera received 23 out of the 30 first-place votes to accomplish the repeat. Trout received five first-place votes while Davis and the Athletics’ Josh Donaldson each got one first-place vote. Donaldson finished fourth in the balloting.

While few would dispute that Trout was the better all-around player this season, it’s no surprise to see Cabrera take home the honors once again. Continuing to show that he’s the best hitter on the planet, the 30-year-old batted .348/.442/.636 with 44 home runs and 137 RBI over 148 games this season. He led the majors in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. By the way, his OPS (1.078) was higher than his Triple Crown season last year. And that was despite a late-season abdominal injury which limited him to one home run and a .728 OPS in September. It’s scary to think that his season could have been even better if he was healthy all along, but it was a monster offensive year by any measure.

Cabrera is the first player in either league to win back-to-back MVPs since Albert Pujols did it as a member of the Cardinals from 2008-2009. Frank Thomas (1993-1994) was the last to do it in the American League. Cabrera’s teammate, Justin Verlander, won the American League MVP Award in 2011, so a member of the Tigers has taken home the American League’s top honors in three straight years.

Complete voting results for the American League Most Valuable Player Award can be found at BBWAA.com.

  1. historiophiliac - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    MVP Miggy!

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Congratulations

    • sabatimus - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Trout burned 2 years in a row now.

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        I wish my guy Trout had won the MVP but Miggy is a such great player. His offensive numbers this year were insane and would have been even more incredible if he hadn’t gotten hurt. Congrats to him. It’s the 2014 season now, hopefully Trout can go out and leave no doubt!

  2. dawgpoundmember - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Tigers are 5-6 in the top honors the last 3 years.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Hip hip hoorey! Tiger! Horray!

    • nesuperfan - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      I thought the top honor was to win the World Series.

    • ap068010 - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      Price beat JV for the CY young or your talking 6 for 6 …

  3. hpt150 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    If Pedro Martinez’s 2000 doesn’t garner him the league MVP, then no pitcher should be given the league MVP.

  4. camdenyard - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Trout over Davis is a joke.

  5. 2dmo4 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Trout over davis is definitely not a joke.

  6. metalhead65 - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    and cue the saber geek outrage in….. the right guy won get over it!

    • historiophiliac - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Stop. I’m a Miggy fan, and I think you’re being dumb. Let it go.

    • shaggylocks - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      You know, I was about to start debating the merits of Trout vs. Cabrera and discuss the value each player brought to their team and to baseball as a whole with the intention of advocating for Trout, but your argument pretty much won me over. Well done.

    • mgv38 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      saber? you need a foil.

    • T.D. - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      It’s ok, metalhead, you’re in a safe place… so, is your fear of numbers due to some sort of childhood numerical trauma, or are you just overcompensating for the fact that you find counting hard?

      • metalhead65 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:00 AM

        no I find your efforts to complicate a simple game annoying and refuse to have anything to do with it. you saber geeks act all smug because you find new stats to invent to make your stupid fantasy teams look good but it all comes down to the basics. hits,rbi’s and pitching.

      • T.D. - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        :(

  7. Old Gator - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    All I can say is, thank Buddha he’s not playing for the Feesh anymore. Imagine all the high draft picks they would have blown.

  8. aphillieated - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Miguel Cabrera 2014 stats: .000/1.000/.000 – 551 walks

    • nbjays - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      And some idiot would argue that he deserved the MVP for it…

  9. crackersnap - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Bill Ballou actually submitted a ballot with Mike Trout 7th! One day that ballot is going to be posted on a wall at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum…

    • weaselpuppy - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Billy Ballou? wasn’t that the name of Judge Smails putter?

  10. Zach Chong - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Reblogged this on The Sports Sources Collector.

  11. wingsfan97 - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    If Cabrera was healthy the tigers would have won the World Series.with trout healthy the angels couldn’t even make playoffs.
    Cabrera a also probably would have won the triple crown again.
    Trout is only better defensively and has speed.

    It was a no brainer decision
    Congrats miggy!

    • km9000 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      If Trout had a sophomore slump, and Cabrera had the same production while playing for a disappointing 10-GB Detroit team, would anyone really insist Cabrera didn’t deserve the MVP in that scenario?

      Would they just shrug and say “It’s a shame, but winning is everything, so my vote goes to, uh… let’s look at the standings… Josh Donaldson!”

    • T.D. - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      So, if different things had happened, then the outcome might have been different? To quote from Billy Madison:

      [W]hat you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  12. Minoring In Baseball - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Congrats to Miggy, it’s well deserved. Having him injured in the playoffs basically ended their chances of a World Series. Hopefully next year.
    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

    • nbjays - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      I would dispute that. A healthy Miggy in the playoffs would only get walked a lot more and then die on the bases as Prince failed to generate any meaningful offense. One guy with a hot bat can’t win a WS by himself if he gets nothing to hit and the guy behind him can’t do squat.

      • mgv38 - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        nbjays–
        David Ortiz begs to differ.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        You would think that, but teams don’t always walk Miggy (even if they should) — and sometimes he hits stuff they don’t think he necessarily can. But, anyway, you are assuming that Prince would be the third out, and that isn’t necessarily the case — in which case, V-Mart is up, and he can do a lot more than squat. (But, really, it mostly ends with the Rally Killer MVP Miggy!)

      • nbjays - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        mgv38 – what part of “if he gets nothing to hit” did you miss in my comment? Ortiz carried the Sox to the WS because the Cards were dumb enough to pitch to him.

  13. bpearse230 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Oddly enough. The first nine people to win back to back MVP’s all played different positions. Naming them is a great trivia question.

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