Mike Trout won the WAR, but Miguel Cabrera won the battle.
The slugging Tigers third baseman, the first player to win baseball's Triple Crown since 1967, is the American League's MVP, the second consecutive Tigers player to be so named.
Justin Verlander won the award in 2011, and no sooner had this year's results been announced than Verlander congratulated Cabrera by tweeting "Best player in baseball ... THE MVP."
Despite speculation that the outcome would be close, or that he might not win at all, Cabrera easily fended off Trout, the L.A. Angels outstanding rookie outfielder, in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Cabrera received 22 of the 28 first-place votes to Trout's six.
Overall in the point total, Cabrera beat Trout, 362-281.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who finished third, was closer to second than Trout was to first.
Two other Tigers finished in the Top 10: Verlander was eighth with 58 points and Prince Fielder was ninth with 56.
"Wow, wow, I don't believe it," Cabrera told the MLB Network was his initial reaction to hearing that he won. "I don't have the words to explain how excited I am right now.
"I never expected I was going to win because Mike Trout had an unbelievable season. I'm very surprised."
Cabrera also thanked, and gave credit to, his teammates and the Tigers fans, saying to the fans in particular, "Thanks again, Detroit."
Cabrera is the first Venezuelan to be named MVP, a fact of which he's proud, but also one he knows already has thrilled his country.
"Venezuela is going crazy right now," he said.
As it turned out, despite so much talk on the side of sabermetrics, especially on the side of WAR, the vote wasn't close.
Cabrera said he was "a little concerned" it would be close, but with many points to spare, he became the first position player on the Tigers to be MVP since Hank Greenberg in 1940.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121115/SPORTS0104/211150468#ixzz2CNxV1naw
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