Miguel Cabrera may have had one of the quietest Major League Baseball batting titles considering all the love that was bestowed upon his teammates, like Justin Verlander and Alex Avila. Similar to how Cabrera's typical superstar season flew under the radar, his name will likely receive the same treatment when voters convene to select baseball's MVP.â†µ
He got all the love from some voters on another award, though. On Thursday, it was announced that Cabrera will bring home the highly coveted Luis Aparicio Award, which goes out to baseball's best Venezuelan player:â†µ
Venezuelan and other Spanish speaking baseball writers vote each year on the award, presented to the most prominent baseball player in the regular season. Cabrera finished a close second to Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez last year and lost out to Felix Hernandez in 2009, but his first-ever batting crown and the Tigers’ rise to their first division title in 24 years left him with no major challengers this season.â†µ
While Cabrera received all 100 first-place votes, his Tigers teammate Victor Martinez took second, barely edging out Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
So that means Detroit has the best Russian hockey player and best Venezuelan baseball player in 2011. When Calvin Johnson wins the best transformer nickname'd NFL player award this year, it will complete the ultimate trifecta.