This was not the year, again. For the second consecutive season,
Cabrera became the first AL player to win in back-to-back years since Frank Thomas of the
Cabrera got 22 first-place votes last year, 23 this year. Trout got six first-place votes last year, five this year.
Cabrera was voted first or second on all 30 ballots. Trout got 19 votes for second, three for third, and one each for fourth, fifth and seventh.
Cabrera won the triple crown last year, but his numbers arguably were better this year. He hit 44 home runs, same as last year. He drove in 137 runs, down from 139. But he raised his batting average from .330 to .348 and his OPS from .999 to 1.078, leading the majors in batting average, OPS and each of the components of OPS – on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Trout, 22, batted .323 with 27 home runs and 33 stolen bases. He led the league in runs and walks.