Miguel Cabrera has the respect of his peers.
In my estimation,  the top honor anyone can receive is the respect of your peers.  Today, Miguel Cabrera was voted the 2012 Player of the Year and  American League Outstanding Player.

Cabrera hit .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBI's, good enough to win the American League triple Crown.

Voting for the 2012 Players Choice Awards was conducted in September.

Cabrera's numbers were achieved in a season in which he also switched positions defensively, moving from first to third base in spring training.  The added pressure of proving to the baseball world that he could handle the pressure of the move had little effect.

Cabrera's .966 fielding percentage was third best among everyday American League third basemen.  Cabrera also started 154 games at third this season, the most in the A.L.

Cabrera also earned $70,000 for his charitable foundation for winning the awards, $20,000 for winning the AL outstanding player and $50,000 for overall player of the year.

Next up, the league MVP awards.  Those will be announced by the Baseball Writers Association of America on November 15th.  That race figures to be between Cabrera and the Angels Mike Trout.



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