Cabrera, Giants big winners in 2012 MLB GIBBY awards

From Lyle Spencer at on December 4, 2012:

The people, inside and outside Major League Baseball’s corridors, have spoken in’s 11th annual Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, aka the GIBBYs.

In a season marked by remarkable breakthrough performances and performers, the Triple Crown ultimately rules.

The MLB MVP in 2012 GIBBY Awards voting is Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera. His landmark offensive season, leading the American League in batting average, homers and RBIs, lifted the Venezuelan to the top of a worthy field of candidates. Cabrera is the first Triple Crown king since Carl Yastrzemski of the Red Sox in 1967.

Cabrera, named the AL Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, outpolled Angels rookie sensation Mike Trout and BBWAA National League MVP Buster Posey.

“Miguel Cabrera had a historic year,” said voter and former Angels star Tim Salmon. “In the annals of baseball, you’re talking about the Triple Crown — it just doesn’t happen often. All the sabermetrics aside, I still think it’s a very powerful statement of the kind of season he had. … He was by far the best complete hitter in the game, and it was great for the game of baseball to see a player like that have a season he had.”

MLB’s A-listers took home GIBBYs trophies, the ultimate honor of baseball’s awards season, on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings. The selections were based on voting by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at and the Society for American Baseball Research.

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Originally published: December 4, 2012. Last Updated: December 4, 2012.