Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Buster Posey of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants are among the finalists for Major League Baseball’s Most Valuable Player awards in the American and National leagues.
Cabrera will vie with Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees and Mike Trout of the California Angels for the AL title.
Cabrera, 29, this year became baseball’s first Triple Crown winner since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera led the AL with 44 home runs, 139 runs batted in and a .330 batting average.
Besides Posey, the NL finalists are Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. The awards will be presented Nov. 15.
Candidates for the Cy Young award as the best pitcher in each league are the Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price, the Tigers’ Justin Verlander and the Angels’ Jered Weaver for the AL.
The NL finalists are R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets, Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. The winners will be announced Nov. 14.
Rookie of the Year finalists in the AL are Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics, Yu Darvish of the Rangers and Trout. Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds, Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Wade Miley of the Arizona Diamondbacks will compete for the NL award, which will be presented Nov. 12.
Bob Melvin of the Athletics, the Baltimore Orioles’ Buck Showalter and the Chicago White Sox’ Robin Ventura are nominated for AL Manager of the Year. Dusty Baker of the Reds, Bruce Bochy of the Giants and the Nationals’ Davey Johnson are in contention for the NL title, which will be given Nov. 13.
Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America cast ballots in each of the four categories.
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