Miguel Cabrera could get used to this. The rest of the American League should probably get used to it, too.
For the second year in a row, the Detroit Tigers' superstar third baseman was named the American League's Most Valuable Player, receiving more votes than Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles.
MLB.com provides the news:
Steve Berthiaume provided the first-place voting results:
AL MVP Award First Place Votes: Miguel Cabrera 23, Mike Trout 5, Chris Davis 1, Josh Donaldson 1.— Steve Berthiaume (@BertDbacks) November 14, 2013
Cabrera won the award last season after becoming the first player since 1967 to win the Triple Crown. He was equally impressive this season, hitting a league-leading .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBI, both second in the American League to Davis.
A humbled Cabrera talked about winning for the second time in a row (via MLB Network):
This season, he was fourth in the wins above replacement metric amongst position players in the American League and had the league's second-highest offensive WAR in all. He led the American League in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, was second in total bases, reached his eighth All-Star game and won his fifth Silver Slugger award
His consistency over the duration of his career has been truly remarkable.
In seven of his 11 seasons, he's been a top-five vote-getter in the MVP balloting and has finished in the top five four seasons in a row.
He's hit 30 or more home runs in nine of the last 10 years. He's raked at least 100 RBI in 10 straight seasons. His batting average has dipped below .300 just twice since 2004.
And, perhaps most importantly, he's led the Tigers to the postseason three years in a row.
For many years, Albert Pujols reigned supreme as the game's predominant slugger. It seems safe to say that the crown has officially been passed to Cabrera.