Miguel Cabrera named a finalist for 2012 Hank Aaron Award

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has been named a finalist for the 2012 Hank Aaron Award.

Detroit Tigers third baseman and triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera has been named a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award in the American League.

The Hank Aaron Award is awarded to the top offensive player in each league. Fans can vote for the Hank Aaron Award and have their votes counted along side a Hall of Fame panel, to determine the recipient of the award, over at Major League Baseball's official website.

Cabrera put together one of the most impressive offensive campaigns in recent history, hitting .330/.393/.606, while belting 44 home runs and driving in 139 runs, en route to winning the American League's triple crown. Cabrera is baseball's first triple crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski won it in 1967.

Cabrera's main competition for the award will likely come from Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who hit .326./.399/.564, with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases during his rookie season.

Jose Bautista won the award in 2010 and 2011, but missed a large portion of the season because of injury. Edwin Encarnacion is Toronto's nominee this year.

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