Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, whose teams faced off last month in the World Series, won their leagues’ Most Valuable Player awards.
Cabrera was selected as the American League’s MVP after becoming the first Major League Baseball player in 45 years to win the Triple Crown. Posey, 25, who won a batting title as well as the 2012 Comeback Player of the Year award, took the National League’s MVP honors yesterday.
“It was just happiness,” Posey said of his reaction when he found out about the award while helping his mom run a school charity event in their home town of Leesburg, Georgia. “It is an extremely humbling and gratifying accomplishment.”
Cabrera, 29, led the AL in batting average (.330), home runs (44) and runs batted in (139), the first player to top a league in all three categories since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
Cabrera, a third baseman, won the MVP award with 362 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who this week was chosen unanimously as the AL Rookie of the Year, got 281 points.
“I thought it was going to be very close, because Trout was unbelievable this season,” Cabrera said in a conference call with reporters.
Trout, 21, who was seeking to became the third player to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in a single season, had an AL-best 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases along with a .326 batting average with 30 homers and 83 RBIs.
Posey said he followed the AL MVP race between Cabrera and Trout with a fan’s fascination.
“It intrigued everybody with what Cabrera did with the Triple Crown, but on the flipside looking at Trout’s numbers they just blow your mind,” he said in a conference call. “As a fan of the game, it was a fun race to watch.”
Third baseman Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers was third with 210 points, followed by second baseman Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, with 149 points, and Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, with 127.
Posey, who missed most of the 2011 season after breaking his leg in a home-plate collision, batted .336 to lead the NL and had 24 home runs and 103 runs batted in while playing 148 games and catching for a Giants rotation that had four pitchers win at least 14 games.
Posey, the first Giant to take MVP honors since Barry Bonds won it each year from 2001-04, led San Francisco to its second World Series title in three years with a four-game sweep of the Tigers in the championship round.
Posey won the NL award with 422 points. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who won in 2011, was second with 285 points.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was third, followed by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley. Third baseman David Wright of the New York Mets tied for sixth with 86 points.