Miguel Cabrera named American League MVP

DETROIT- Miguel Cabrera was named the American League's Most Valuable Player this evening in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He won the award with 23 first place votes and seven second place votes to capture the award for the second consecutive year.

Cabrera, 30, batted .348 to win his third consecutive American League batting crown. He is the first Tigers player to lead the league in hitting in three straight seasons since Ty Cobb did so from 1917-1919. Cabrera also led the league with a .442 on-base percentage and a .636 slugging percentage, while he was tied for first with 37 go-ahead RBI, second with 44 home runs, 137 RBI and 353 total bases.

Cabrera is only the second player in franchise history to win the award in back-to-back seasons, joining Hal Newhouser, who was named the league's MVP in 1944 and 1945.

The Tigers have now featured the American League's Most Valuable Player in each of the last three seasons, with Justin Verlander winning the award in 2011, and Cabrera following in 2012 and 2013. The Tigers are the first American League club to have back-to-back-to-back MVP's since Roger Maris (1960-1), Mickey Mantle (1962) and Elston Howard (1963) won the MVP award in four straight seasons for the New York Yankees. Miguel Cabrera is the first American League Player to win back-to-back American League MVP Awards since Frank Thomas did so from 1993-4 with the Chicago White Sox.