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Miguel Cabrera Earns AL MVP Award; Buster Posey NL MVP

Miguel’s Cabrera’s historic season that included baseball’s first Triple Crown in 45 years was enhanced even more Thursday when he was named the American League Most Valuable Player.

Cabrera received 22-of-28 first-place votes and 362 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He easily beat sensational rookie Mike Trout of the Anaheim Angels, who had six firsts and 281 points

“I was a little concerned. I thought the new thing about computer stuff, I thought Trout’s going to win because they put his numbers over me,” Cabrera said. “I was like relax. . . . If he wins, it’s going to be fair because he had a great season.”

Cabrera became the second straight Detroit player voted MVP, after pitcher Justin Verlander in 2011, and was the first Venezuelan to earn the honor. Countryman Pablo Sandoval took home World Series MVP honors last month.

Cabrera hit .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs to become the first Triple Crown winner since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera also led the league with a .606 slugging percentage for the AL champion Tigers.

Some of the more sabermetric-focused fans supported Trout, who hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs. He also led the majors with 129 runs and 49 steals and topped all players in WAR — Wins Above Replacement. Trout won AL Rookie of the Year earlier in the week.

His victory is a win for traditional statistics.

“At the end of the game, it’s going to be the same baseball played back in the day,” Cabrera said.

Among Trout’s superlative numbers was a WAR of 10.7, highest by a position player since Barry Bond’s 11.6 in 2002. Cabrera’s WAR was 6.9, fourth in the AL behind Trout, Cano and Verlander.

WAR summarizes a player’s all-around contributions to his team in one statistic — not just batting but also base-running and defense — and it weighs contributions in terms of their impact on creating (or preventing on defense) runs.

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, who was named NL MVP on Thursday, followed the AL debate and Googled to find out the winner.

“I think it intrigued everybody,” he said. “As a fan of the game, it was a fun race to watch.”

With three fewer hits or two less homers, Cabrera would have fallen short of the Triple Crown. The past four Triple Crown winners have been voted MVP, including Mickey Mantle in 1956 and Frank Robinson in 1966.

“I think winning the Triple Crown had a lot to do with me winning this honor,” he said.

Before the season, Cabrera switched from first base to third to make way for Prince Fielder, who signed with Detroit as a free agent.

“I focused too much in spring training about defense, defense, defense,” Cabrera said. “I forgot a little bit about hitting, about getting in the cage like I normally do.”

Seems like the change worked.

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