NEW YORK — Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera won the American League’s Most Valuable Player award on Thursday after becoming baseball’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, and San Francisco’s Buster Posey was voted the National League honor.
Cabrera received 22 of 28 first-place votes and 362 points from the AL panel of Baseball Writers’ Association of America to easily beat Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who had six firsts and 281 points. Trout was voted AL Rookie of the Year earlier in the week.
Posey recovered from a devastating leg injury that cut short his 2011 season, became the first catcher in 70 years to win the NL batting title and helped San Francisco win its second World Series title in three seasons. He got 27 of 32 firsts and 422 points from the NL panel, outdistancing 2011 winner Ryan Braun of Milwaukee, who was second with 285 points.
Cabrera hit .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs to become the first Triple Crown winner since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. The past four Triple Crown winners have been voted MVP, including Mickey Mantle in 1956 and Frank Robinson in 1966.
Posey, the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, set career highs with a .336 average, 24 homers and 103 RBIs for the World Series champion Giants. His 2011 season was cut short by a collision with the Marlins’ Scott Cousins on May 25 that resulted in a fractured bone in Posey’s lower left leg and three torn ankle ligaments.
Posey, the fifth overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, won the NL batting title after teammate Melky Cabrera requested a rules change that disqualified him. Cabrera, who hit .346, missed the final 45 games of the regular season while serving a suspension for a positive testosterone test and would have won the batting crown if the rule hadn’t been changed.
Selig reviewing Marlins-Blue Jays deal
Commissioner Bud Selig
said he is examining the pending blockbuster trade that sends at least three of Miami’s best players to Toronto for a package of prospects seven months after the Marlins moved into their $634 million home.
Speaking at the conclusion of the owners’ meetings, Selig said he also is aware of fan anger in South Florida but is going to do what’s in the best interests of the sport.
The Blue Jays, who finished fourth in the loaded AL East, are bringing in All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle and right-hander Josh Johnson under the deal, which is contingent on physicals for the players. Selig also said there is money going from Miami to Toronto, but did not offer details and said the trade hadn’t been officially presented to his office.
The Marlins get infielders Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, right-hander Henderson Alvarez and several top prospects — a nice haul but certainly not enough to satisfy fans.
Asked if it’s in the best interests of baseball for Jeffrey Loria to continue to own the franchise, Selig said he wasn’t going to comment further other than saying the trade is under review.
Owners approved new television deals with ESPN, Turner Sports and Fox worth about $12.4 billion from 2014-21, according to Selig.