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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey honored with Hank Aaron Award

DETROIT — Takes a lot to awe a Major League Baseball player.

Both Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey were a bit jittery in the chairs they were placed in early Saturday evening.

After all, the two All-Stars will likely only be the Most Valuable Players in their respective leagues. Saturday, they were named the Hank Aaron Award winners for the American League and National League, respectively,

But before they faced off in Game 3 of the World Series, they were in the presence of baseball royalty.

They took their turns stepping to the podium in the interview room in the bowels of Comerica Park, sitting there with Hall of Famers Aaron — who was on hand to present his eponymous award — and Frank Robinson, along with the commissioner of MLB, Bud Selig.

“I’m very nervous right now,” Cabrera said. “I want to thank you very much for giving me this opportunity. It’s an honor.”

“I’m humbled Hank Aaron knows who I am,” Posey agreed.

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to each league’s top offensive performer, as voted by fans, along with a Hall of Fame panel of Aaron, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan and Robin Yount.

Posey won the NL batting title (after suspended teammate Melky Cabrera recused himself), while Miguel Cabrera led the AL in hitting, and all of the big leagues in home runs and RBI.

Cabrera was honored for his Triple Crown, as well, the first of its kind in 45 seasons, presented with a crown by MLB.

"That was one thing I didn't do, and you did it with grace," Aaron said to Cabrera.

Just Friday, Cabrera was named the Sporting News Player of the Year.

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