Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers was selected by his peers as the 2012 Player of the Year and the American League’s Outstanding Player following a season in which he became Major League Baseball’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years.
The Tigers’ All-Star third baseman was honored in the Players Choice Awards after batting .330 with 44 home runs and 139 runs batted in. He was the first hitter to win the sport’s Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, helping the Tigers win the AL Central Division title and first pennant since 2006.
Two of Cabrera’s top challengers for the player of the year award also were honored last night, as Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout was selected as the AL’s Outstanding Rookie and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was tabbed as the NL’s Outstanding Player.
New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays were chosen as the outstanding pitchers in the NL and AL, respectively, while Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier was tabbed as the NL’s outstanding rookie.
AL Comeback Player of the Year honors went to Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox, who led the league with 41 home runs, a season after having 11 homers and missing 40 games because of injury. Buster Posey of the World Series-champion San Francisco Giants is the NL Comeback Player of the Year after coming back from a season-ending ankle injury in 2011.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who announced his retirement in May after 18 seasons, was recognized for his “outstanding character and charitable work” by receiving the 2012 Marvin Miller Man of the Year award.
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