AL MVP goes to Miguel Cabrera for second straight season
Cabrera may have been outdone by Chris Davis in the power categories, as the Baltimore Orioles' first baseman racked up 53 home runs and 138 RBI out of nowhere, but Cabrera still managed to lead the Major Leagues in batting average (.348), on-base percentage (.442), slugging percentage (.636), and OPS (1.078). While the power numbers were not quite as lofty as Davis, Cabrera still managed 44 long balls and 137 RBI. Cabrera has now won the AL batting title in three consecutive seasons, and has finished top-five in MVP voting for five straight years.
Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels finished second in voting, but it wasn't close. Cabrera received 23-of-30 first-place votes, while Trout received five, and Chris Davis and Josh Donaldson each received one.
Heading into the 2014 season, there will not be a more feared man in the batter's box than Cabrera. Sure, some players may offer more on the base paths and in the field, but Cabrera will make you pay with his bat in just about every game he plays. Cabrera will turn 31 years old in April, but he should remain a lethal weapon at the plate for the foreseeable future.
Severely slowed by a groin injury down the stretch this year (batted .278 with one homer in September, batted .262 over 11 playoff games), Cabrera should be fully healthy by spring training. He underwent groin surgery and is expected to be recovered in 4-6 weeks.