On Monday the players of Major League Baseball named Miguel Cabrera the 2012 Player of the Year, beating out Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and rookie phenom Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. Cabrera finished the season with a .330 batting average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs en route to winning the majors’ first Triple Crown since 1967. His .606 slugging percentage and .999 OPS also led the majors. Even still, the best hitter in the world remains humble:
"I want to thank (the other players) for voting for me, because there is a lot of competition," Cabrera said. "I don't know if it was the right choice. I was very lucky."
It really is sentiments like the preceding one that make Cabrera so well respected around the league. He is a class act that the rest of the league should be emulating to begin with, but perhaps this award will help establish to younger generations that there is a right way to play the game.
There's a lot that could've been said about the Tigers’ defensive capabilities in the infield this season, but the only way that lineup had even a chance to work was because of one man's versatility as a fielder. Miguel Cabrera started his career in the Minor Leagues playing outfield. When he came to the Big Leagues, he started at shortstop and made his home for the Florida Marlins on the left side of the infield at third base. After a brief stint at first base, Cabby gave way to Prince Fielder and moved back to the "hot corner". Yes, there's very few regrets Cabrera had this season, but moving back to third had to be one of them. The ball may come at you a little faster and the degree of difficulty might be a little harder, but there's a reason that he's called the "Big Cat".
What Cabrera really pines for is to be "The Mayor" again; to take time after a player reaches base and shoot the breeze. His English may not be perfect, but his love of the game and good spirit have earned him an almost unrivaled respect on the diamond. Congratulations are in order to Miggy as he gave fans everywhere a season to remember in 2012.
This is the second year in a row a Tigers’ player has won the award, with Justin Verlander winning it in 2011.
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