Miguel Cabrera kept the “MVP in the D” just as his teammate Justin Verlander had wanted him to do.
Cabrera won the American League's Most Valuable Player Award Nov. 15, which made him the second-straight Tigers player to win the award. Verlander, last year’s winner, took to Twitter to congratulate Cabrera tweeting: “Best player in baseball...THE MVP @MiguelCabrera #calleditinapril.”
Cabrera became the first Tigers hitter to win the AL MVP since Hank Greenberg won it in 1940. He already earned the first Triple Crown in 45 years and now he has added a MVP to his amazing career. “I don’t have any words to explain how excited I am right now,” he told MLB network.
There was a lot of talk in spring training that Cabrera might have a great season because of the position change he would have to adjust to when the Tigers signed first baseman Prince Fielder. The addition of Fielder moved Cabrera from first base to third base but didn’t affect his offensive numbers in 2012.
Cabrera beat out his biggest competition, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, for the award by receiving 22 of the 28 first-place votes and 362 overall votes to Trout’s 281 as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Analysts, writers, players, managers and stats “geeks” debated over who would win the award. In the end, Cabrera’s .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 runs batted in to win the Triple Crown and leading the Tigers to the playoffs overshadowed Mike Trout’s amazing rookie year.
Cabrera didn’t just win the award for himself; he won it for the fans and the city Detroit. When he was interviewed on MLB Network, Cabrera said “Thank God they gave me this opportunity to be here with you guys, share with all the fans in Detroit.” He also continued to say how much having the support of his teammates and the fans really meant to him throughout the season.
Venezuela, the home country of Cabrera, had a lot to celebrate when he won the AL MVP because he became the first player from Venezuela to ever win the award.
“It’s going to be exciting for my country Venezuela and my family,” he said when asked about winning the award.
About an hour after winning the MVP, Cabrera took to Twitter to thank the fans of Detroit, Venezuela and teammates again for being there all season long. He tweeted “This MVP was for the fans in Detroit and Venezuela. Support from God, my family, and teammates made it possible.”
Cabrera spent the day thanking everyone for their support but we should be thanking him for a season that no one will ever forget.