The time for debate is officially over. Miguel Cabrera is the American League MVP and it wasn't close.

Cabrera, 29, received 22 of the 28 first-place votes and 362 total points. The other six first-place votes went to Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, who had 281 points. Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre finished third with 210 points.

On a conference call with reporters, Cabrera talked about winning the MVP.

"It means a lot," Cabrera said. "I thought it was going to be very close because Trout do a very good job this season, unbelievable. Thank God they vote for me to give me this award."

Cabrera succeeds teammate Justin Verlander, who won the AL MVP Award last season. Cabrera also becomes the first Tigers position player to win the MVP Award since Hank Greenberg in 1940.

Verlander was one of Cabrera's biggest supporters in the MVP race, going so far as to wear a T-shirt saying, "Keep the MVP in the D" with Cabrera's name on it.

"I'm excited because he support me a lot and this year we support each other," Cabrera said. "Hopefully we can help our team to win the division and get to the playoffs again."

Through his Twitter account, @JustinVerlander, Verlander said, "Best player in baseball … THE MVP @MiguelCabrera. #calleditinapril."

Verlander and Prince Fielder were eighth and ninth, respectively, in MVP voting.

Fielder also offered a congratulations from his Twitter account, @RealPFielder28: "Congratulations to Miguel on a historic season. Well deserved. Ready to get back after it with ya and bring WS championship to Detroit next season. Boom!"