Cabrera followed his Triple Crown winning season with an arguably more impressive campaign, batting .348/.442/.636 with 44 home runs and 137 RBI. He compiled his incredible numbers despite dealing with a number of injuries, which limited him to a .278 batting average and .333 slugging percentage during the final month of the year.
The third baseman's slow finish opened the field up for a few more candidates, including Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. Davis hit .286/.370/.634, leading the league with 53 home runs and 138 RBI. Trout batted .323/.423/.557, leading MLB with 10.4 WAR.
The Sporting News polled 186 current major league players to determine the award winner. TSN awards have served as a strong bellwether for the BBWAA awards that will be released after the World Series; TSN Player of the Year has been named MVP of his respective league every season since 2006.