Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News)
Detroit — Another award, and in a rout.
Miguel Cabrera on Thursday was named Sporting News Major League Baseball player of the year, landing on 141 ballots — to 35 for second-place Chris Davis of the Orioles.
Players voted for the Sporting News awards, and for the second consecutive year chose Cabrera overwhelmingly.
Mike Trout of the Angels received nine votes, with Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates tallying eight apiece.
Cabrera, 30, made a spirited run at a second consecutive Triple Crown. That bid faded in September as he dealt with a groin injury that greatly affected his play down the stretch and into the postseason.
He still finished with 44 homers, 137 runs batted in and a .348 average that earned him a third straight batting championship.
Cabrera also led the league in on-base percentage (.442), slugging (.636) — and, thus, of course OPS (on-base plus slugging, 1.078). In doing so, he became just the fourth man to win back-to-back Sporting News honors — joining Ted Williams (1941-42), Joe Morgan (1975-76) and Albert Pujols (2008-09).
Next month, the Tigers third baseman likely will learn that he has also won back-to-back American League MVP awards. Those, unlike the Sporting News honors, are voted on by the media.
Trout on Thursday was named Baseball America player of the year.