DETROIT, Mich. — The best hitter in the American League is now officially the best player in the American League.
For a second straight season, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has been voted the AL Most Valuable Player, helping the Tigers to a third straight AL Central Division title.
He received 23 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Cabrera hit a league-best .348 in 2013, adding 44 home runs and 137 RBI.
In 13 fewer games than in 2012, “Miggy” had arguably a better season than that Triple Crown-winning year — hitting 18 points better, matching his homer total, and driving in just two fewer runs.
Cabrera is the first player to win back-to-back AL MVP awards since Chicago’s Frank Thomas in 1993-1994.