Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has been named player of the year by the Sporting News.

"He's a great hitter having a great year. He played his best when we needed him to, down the stretch," teammate Justin Verlander told the magazine.

Cabrera finished the regular season with a .330 average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, resulting in the majors' first Triple Crown since 1967. His .606 slugging percentage and .999 OPS also led the majors. In addition, he scored 109 runs, hit 40 doubles and posted a .393 on-base percentage.

"He's the best hitter I've ever seen other than (Ted) Williams," Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline said. "He's just amazing. Watch him day in and day out, he very seldom takes a bad swing. To be able to use the whole field the way he does with power ... my goodness."

The award was voted upon by American League and National League players. Angels outfielder Mike Trout was second with 71 votes to Cabrera's 108.

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