Billy Crystal will be nowhere in sight.

Likewise, no skits, dance routines, songs of the year, or concern for what the winners and presenters are wearing will be part of this week's gala awards ceremony in New York City.

This is baseball. And while the game has its celebrity parallels to Hollywood's stars and Oscars stagecraft, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander can breathe easy.

Even if they win — and they probably are the favorites to do so in their respective categories — baseball keeps things simple.

Just a few words of thanks, invariably crediting teammates, gets it done when baseball postseason award-winners offer their acceptance spiels.

The question is whether two Tigers superstars, Cabrera and Verlander, have whipped their competition, which in Cabrera's bid for the Most Valuable Player is primarily Angels wunderkind Mike Trout, and in Verlander's case is Rays ace David Price and Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.

Answers arrive at 6:17 p.m. Wednesday for Verlander, when the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner is announced 30 minutes before the National League victor is revealed.