Tigers' Cabrera, Giants' Posey Are MVPs

They helped lead their teams to the World Series

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 15, 2012 6:52 PM CST

(Newser) – Detroit's Miguel Cabrera won the American League's Most Valuable Player award today after becoming baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years. San Francisco's Buster Posey was voted the National League honor. (Bleacher Report has a slide show with specifics here.)

  • Cabrera received 22 of 28 first-place votes and 362 points from the AL panel of Baseball Writers' Association of America to win easily. He hit .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs to become the first Triple Crown winner since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera, who also led the league with a .606 slugging percentage for the AL champion Tigers, switched from first base to third before the season to make way for Prince Fielder.

  • 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. Posey set career highs with a .336 average, 24 homers, and 103 RBIs.

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera flips the ball from the glove to his hand after fielding a grounder.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera flips the ball from the glove to his hand after fielding a grounder.   (Elaine Thompson)
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.   (Patrick Semansky)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera celebrates after a home run.
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera celebrates after a home run.   (Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey waves and is showered with confetti during the team's World Series victory parade.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey waves and is showered with confetti during the team's World Series victory parade.   (Marcio J. Sanchez)
In this Oct. 25 file photo, Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder is tagged out at home plate by San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey during the World Series. They are this year's MVP winners.
In this Oct. 25 file photo, Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder is tagged out at home plate by San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey during the World Series. They are this year's MVP winners.   (Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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