Report: Cabrera wins Luis Aparicio Award
Cabrera also won the award in 2005, as an outfielder for the Florida Marlins in just his first full season in the majors. The award, given out since 2004 and honoring the only Venezuelan player in the Baseball Hall of Fame, is voted on by a panel of Venezuelan media members.
Colorado's Carlos Gomez won the award a year ago. Johan Santana has won the award twice, both times in Cy Young seasons, while Magglio Ordonez (2007) was the only Tigers player to win the award prior to Thursday. Ordonez and Cabrera both won the award for a season in which the won the American League batting title.
The reaction from teammate Brad Penny (@bradpenny) on Twitter: "should win MVP!!!"
Pablo Perez Alvarez (@PabloPerezOf), the governor of the Venezuelan state of Zulia, also sent his Twitter congratulations, calling Cabrera a good "#Example for young Tigers."