Cabrera wins Luis Aparicio Award as Venezuela’s best

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera will watch his case unfold for a few postseason awards in the coming weeks. His status as the best Venezuelan player in the Majors this year was unquestioned, which is why he was a unanimous choice to receive the Luis Aparicio Award.

Venezuelan and other Spanish speaking baseball writers vote each year on the award, presented to the most prominent baseball player in the regular season. Cabrera finished a close second to Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez last year and lost out to Felix Hernandez in 2009, but his first-ever batting crown and the Tigers’ rise to their first division title in 24 years left him with no major challengers this season.

While Cabrera received all 100 first-place votes, his Tigers teammate Victor Martinez took second, barely edging out Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cabrera became just the fourth Venezuelan-born player ever to win a big-league batting title this year, using a torrid closing week to finish at .344 and beat out Texas’ Michael Young and Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez. He became the first Tiger to win a batting title since fellow Venezuelan Magglio Ordonez won it in 2007.

Cabrera also led the league with 48 doubles, fueling a .586 slugging percentage that ranked second among AL hitters and second-best among his career numbers.

Nobody in the American League played in more regular-season games than Cabrera. The only game he missed was the game he was away to be with his wife for the birth of their third child.

Ordonez’s batting title made him the last player to win the award by a unanimous vote, so it made sense that Cabrera did the same. In the process, Cabrera became the first position player to win the award twice, having done so with the Florida Marlins in 2005. Johan Santana is the only other two-time winner in the award’s eight-year history.

Cabrera will return to Venezuela to receive the award in a ceremony Nov. 18 prior to a Venezuelan Winter League game in Maracaibo. That is the hometown of Aparicio, the only Venezuelan-born player in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The 10-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner set a defensive standard at shortstop for his generation while also leading the American League in stolen bases in each of his first nine seasons.

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Felicitaciones Miguel! That is what our fellow blogger El Tigre would say :) Just think if Cabrera had a good year!

On Nov 18 , Luis Aparicio ” El Grande” (the great) handed his glove to Luis Aparicio hijo ( Junior) who would be Rookie of the Year and HoF ( Kaline was in the same ticket than him and entered a year earlier). That day , here is celebrated a religious fest. And as part of the celebration a baseball game is played between my team here , Aguilas del Zulia and the team in turn of the league( every year a different team has the chance of proffit from the full stadium tickets)
That is why he will receive the award that day.
I wont be there. I used to attend that game until they were blasted 19-2 ( 7-0 before the first out) that day by Leones ( Lions) del Caracas , the equivalent of the Yankees here.
BTW: Fully agree with you

Excellent honor for Miguel, and obviously well earned.
More than a few of us here had the pleasure of watching Luis Aparicio hijo play in the US Major Leagues.

Congratulations, Miggy!

congrats Miggy

Back to the business of some replacements in order to further advnace next year:
DD seemed willing to cut Brandon loose and eat that salary this year. I see no reason why he would not consider the same next year. This is a very important positional change that needs to be made. Brandon did OK when he got back but barley OK. And is OK good enough? I personally don’t think so.
If he has trade value (and I know he is a 5 & 10 guy), then they should take advantage of that. To keep someone around because you have paid them big bucks is a formula for losing, not winning. D-Train, Guillen, Robertson, Bonderman, Sheffield are a few examples. Inge’s play at 3rd has deteriorated. His offense is always poor. He is just as likely to hit .200 or below as he is to hit above. Look at his career. His WAR (wins above replacement) has dropped every year and is now below zero. He will aslo be ANOTHER year older.
This is the single most important area of concern IMO. How they accomplish this is another story.
I have said they really need a leadoff hitter and a burner on the bases who can take advantage of the gaps at Comerica,. If they had the nerve to go after Reyes it would a much better idea to ask Jhonny to shift over. They could ask Reyes to play 2nd. I don’t think that would be a good idea.
I’m getting ahead of myself here but the acquisition of a guy like Reyes, or perhaps Aybar, to play short for us, solves a multitude of problems with just one player. Range, on base pct., defense, base speed, stolen bases and leadoff.

Put that way, it’s similar to the Martinez signing, with multiple issues being addressed by the one acquisition. Some of the local writers are already speculating on whether Inge returns. It seems to be out there that Peralta prefers shortstop but to what degree, we don’t really know. Jhonny might be happy to move over if he keeps getting to go to the postseason. I mean, I haven’t discussed it with him. :-)
It would be a bombshell of a signing, with my main concern being ballplayers who come over from the NL, although that shouldn’t be a factor for a guy with Reyes’ skill set. At any rate, we’re a proven playoff contender and should be taken seriously when it comes to someone playing in Detroit.

Some of those local writers seem to have a hangup on 2ndbase, going so far as to call it a “glaring need.” I don’t know about that. I’d say 3rdbase is the biggest need and, if enough improvement were gained there, the 2ndbase thing is a non-issue if Santiago is re-signed.

I just spent a few minutes downloading some of Jason’s pictures from his Twitter account. Very nice stuff, Jason. I did skip the pictures of food…..

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