Miguel Cabrera is in a class of his own for the 2012 American League MVP race.
The Detroit Tigers' slugger hit his 30th home run of the season in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Cabrera, who's hit at least 30 home runs eight times in his career, including each of the last six years, became the first Tiger ever to hit 30-plus home runs in five consecutive seasons.
Cabrera went 2-for-5 with two RBIs on Wednesday, improving his average to .327 this season, and increasing his RBI total to 103.
The 29-year-old has been in contention for MVP honors several times during his nine-year career, but this season, Cabrera is head-and-shoulders ahead of the competition.
Detroit has struggled all season, spending most of the year in second place in the AL Central, and without Cabrera, the Tigers would be out of contention.
Here are the four reasons Cabrera will be crowned 2012 AL MVP.