Leyland: 'Shocked' if Cabrera not MVP

Leyland: 'Shocked' if Cabrera not MVP

CHICAGO -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland has already drawn attention with his contention that Miguel Cabrera deserved to be the American League's Most Valuable Player. When the question came up again Monday morning at U.S. Cellular Field, he took his remarks to another level.

"I would be shocked if he's not the MVP," Leyland said. "It would blow my mind. But I don't have any vote. But I don't want to tick the guys off that do vote, so I don't want to get into it.

"If he's not the MVP, I would be shocked."

Cabrera's three hits Sunday moved him back ahead of Mike Trout by one point (.330 vs. .329) in the AL batting race. His three-run homer, meanwhile, left him in a tie with Texas' Josh Hamilton for the AL RBI lead (123), while he's four behind in home runs (42 to 38).

In other words, he has a grasp on two-thirds of the Triple Crown. Of course, Dodgers All-Star Matt Kemp won the home run and RBI titles in the National League last year while finishing third in batting average, and he ended up being runner-up to MVP Ryan Braun.