DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera won everything but the World Series.
That pretty much sums up the 2012 season for the Detroit Tigers.
Cabrera was named the American League Most Valuable player by a surprisingly wide margin over runner-up Mike Trout. Cabrera won baseballs first Triple Crown since Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera also took home the Hank Aaron Award as the most outstanding offensive performer in the league.
He batted .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. He topped every player in the majors in homers and RBIs, and only San Francisco Giants catcher and National League MVP Buster Posey posted a higher batting average at .336.
Just two players have won the Triple Crown, MVP and World Series in one season: Frank Robinson of the 1966 Orioles and Mickey Mantle of the 1956 Yankees. Cabrera was knocking on the door to join their select company, but Poseys Giants swept the World Series in four games to deny Cabrera all the riches one player could accum...