Miguel Cabrera named 'King Tiger'

Mayo Smith Society awards Cabrera with 2012 King Tiger Award

Published On: Jan 07 2013 12:22:34 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 07 2013 12:23:43 PM EST

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has won the 2012 King Tiger Award, an award given each year by the Mayo Smith Society.

The award is the third in five years for Cabrera, having also earned the honor in 2008 and 2010.

Voting for the award, which takes into account each player’s on-field accomplishments and off-field endeavors, was conducted by Mayo Smith Society members over a month-long period during the offseason.

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The batting title marked the second consecutive season Cabrera has topped the American League in hitting, becoming the first Tigers player to win back-to-back batting titles since Ty Cobb did so in three consecutive seasons from 1917-19. In addition to leading the league in batting average, home runs and RBI, he also led the league with 377 total bases, 84 extra-base hits and a .606 slugging percentage, while he finished second with 109 runs scored and 205 hits, fourth with a .393 on-base percentage and seventh with 40 doubles.

Off the field, Cabrera actively participates in many of the club’s community initiatives, including Tigers Dreams Come True, the Detroit Tigers Autographed Memorabilia Donation Program and Autographs for a Cause. He also participated in a Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids, provided the seed money to launch Play Baseball Detroit, hosted "Keeping Kids in the Game" to raise over $200,000 to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the Miguel Cabrera Foundation and the Detroit Tigers Foundation and launched "Cabrera’s Chamitos."

Additionally, Cabrera was named the Tigers winner of the Roberto Clemente Award in 2012.

The Mayo Smith Society, founded in 1983 and named for the manager of the Tigers’ 1968 World Series championship club, is a nationwide organization of Tigers fans. Since 2004, the society has voted on King Tiger winners based on players’ on-field and off-field endeavors, picking up a tradition from 1964-80 when the presidents of individual Tigers’ fan clubs had voted for their own King Tiger awardees. Mayo Smith Society representatives plan to make the King Tiger presentation to Cabrera during the organization’s annual trip to Lakeland, Florida, for Spring Training.

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