Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has beaten out Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout for The Sporting News' 2012 Player of the Year award. It's not the MVP, but the award is determined according to votes from a panel of 203 major league players, so it's a good sign.
Cabrera clinched the first Triple Crown batting title since 1967 by posting the highest batting average (.330) and the most home runs (44) and RBIs (139) in the American League for the 2012 regular season. He earned 108 of 203 possible votes for his efforts, which trumped the 71 votes Trout received from his peers. Trout has been named The Sporting News' 2012 AL Rookie of the Year after posting a .326/.399/.564 batting line and playing stellar defense all year.
Here is a look at the complete voting for The Sporting News' 2012 Player of the Year award:
Player of the year (voting by AL and NL players), via AOL The Sporting News
1. Miguel Cabrera (Tigers): 108 votes
2. Mike Trout (Angels): 71 votes