Chris Getz steals second as Asdrubal Cabrera defends during the 1st inning Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo.
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.
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Jim Thome played 3rd base for one pitch in the 9th inning against the Minnesota Twins, on Sept. 25, 2011 at Progressive Field. It might be the last time Thome took the field in his career at Progressive Field.
4 year old Meyer Cabrera throws a ball to fans at the MLB HR Derby. A solid ‘lil arm like his dad Asdrubal! :)
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U.S. Futures All-Star Jason Kipnis #9 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after he hits a first inning home run during the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011.
Happy birthday to me (and Rick Sutcliffe). Since we share a birthday, I thought I’d put up his tree. This is actually a larger tree of the Joe Carter tree we featured awhile back. Here Rick is traded from Cleveland to the Cubs.
Denis Boucher was selected by the Rockies in the ‘92 Expansion Draft.
Glenallen Hill is best known (to me at least) for this mammoth home run at Wrigley. It actually landed on the roof of the building across Waveland. Hittracker has pegged the flight path at over 500’ if unobstructed. Over the years I’ve convinced myself I was watching WGN that day, but I think I might have only seen it on BBTN.
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Cleveland Indians fans cheer during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in their game on June 19, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
On Sunday, June 5, Cleveland Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta talked with WTAM 1100 reporter Nick Camino and other members of the media about the team’s 2-0 loss to the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field. It was the Indians fourth-straight loss and it marked the first time Cleveland had been swept in a four-game series by the Rangers in 33 years. LaPorta talked about the tough loss, the team in general and facing Texas left-hander C.J. Wilson.
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Asdrubal Cabrera #13 and Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate after Cabrera hit a two-run home run during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins of the Cleveland Indians and at Progressive Field on June 6, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.
The benches clear.