After a 2012 season that saw Miguel Cabrera become the first Latino to win the Triple Crown, posting a .330 average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, the Detroit Tigers third baseman was also awarded the American League MVP award. One year later, Cabrera put up nearly identical numbers (.348, 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) and while he didn't capture another Triple Crown, thanks to Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles who beat him out in the latter two categories, Miggy was still able to capture the AL MVP hardware for a second straight year.
Andrew McCutchen, who continued to improve in every offensive category with each season saw a dip in his numbers this season. Still, a .317 average, 21 homers and 84 RBIs is hardly a disappointing year, especially when those stats helped send his team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years.
In a strange case of irony, McCutchen and Cabrera actually discussed playing one another in Call of Duty as they awaited the MVP announcements.
@MiguelCabrera haha definitely, lets do it! DM me your info!â€” andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) November 14, 2013
Guess great players think alike.
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