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Rare 1-2 repeat in AL MVP race

Miguel Cabrera won the MVP award for the second straight year.

Carlos Osorio/AP

Miguel Cabrera won the MVP award for the second straight year.

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For the second straight year the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera and the Angels’ Mike Trout finished 1-2 in the American League MVP voting, with Cabrera winning his second in a row. Trout was second in the majors in runs (109) and third in OBP (.432), OPS (.988), and walks (110). A year after winning the Triple Crown, Cabrera led the majors in batting average (.348), OBP (.442), and slugging (.636).

It’s only the fourth time in baseball history players have finished 1-2 in consecutive seasons. The others:

2002 Avg.HRRBIOPS
Barry Bonds, Giants0.37461101.381
Albert Pujols, Cardinals0.314341270.955
2003 Avg.HRRBIOPS
Barry Bonds, Giants0.34145901.278
Albert Pujols, Cardinals0.359431241.106
1991 Avg.HRRBIOPS
Terry Pendleton, Braves0.31922860.88
Barry Bonds, Pirates0.292251160.924
1992 Avg.HRRBIOPS
Barry Bonds, Pirates0.311341031.08
Terry Pendleton, Braves0.311211050.818
1960 Avg.HRRBIOPS
Roger Maris, Yankees0.283391120.952
Mickey Mantle, Yankees0.27540940.957
1961 Avg.HRRBIOPS
Roger Maris, Yankees0.269611410.993
Mickey Mantle, Yankees0.317541281.135

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