Miguel Cabrera named to Sporting News All-Star team
For the third time in four years and the fifth time in his career, Miguel Cabrera has been voted onto the Sporting News season-ending all-star team, though he had to share the honor at first base. The American League batting champion finished even with Orioles slugger Chris Davis in a vote of 22 Major League executives.
The nod marks Cabrera’s return to the list after missing out on selection last year. He made the 2012 and 2013 lists at third base, the 2010 team at first, and the 2005 National League list as a Marlins outfielder.
Cabrera led the Majors with a .338 batting average and .440 on-base percentage, and finished second among AL players to Mike Trout with a .974 OPS. His 5.2 Wins Above Replacement (by the baseball-reference formula) placed him 10th among AL position players despite playing in just 119 games this season, 107 of them at first base.
Davis led the Major Leagues in home runs for the second time in three years, this time with 47 to go with a .262 batting average and .923 OPS. He, too, finished with a 5.2 WAR. Davis played 111 games at first base, plus 30 in the outfield and 22 at DH.