Cabrera, Posey wins baseball’s MVP award

Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won the American League Most Valuable Player award Thursday and the San Francisco Giants’ Butch Posey was named the winner in the National League, both getting the honor by wide margins. Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, got 22 of 28 first place votes and 362 points in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, easily beating Los Angeles Angels center fielder and Rookie of the Year Mike Trout, who had 206 points. Cabrera hit .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, and the third baseman was the second straight Detroit player voted MVP, after pitcher Justin Verlander last year. Posey, the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year whose Giants won the World Series, is the first catcher in four decades to win the NL award. He got 27 of 32 first place votes and 422 points to leave 2011 winner Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers far behind in second place with 285 points. Posey hit .336 with 24 homes and 103 RBIs.