The honor is given to the player who “best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.” Each team gets to nominate one player.
“Since joining our Detroit community in 2008, Miguel has been a constant positive force both on and off the field,” Tigers general manager Al Avila said in a statement. “Miguel’s support of those in need during some very challenging times over the past year was heroic, but at the same time not at all surprising to anyone that knows him.
“He continues to make an impact in the community both in Detroit and across the state of Michigan, and all of us with the Tigers are proud of his nomination.”
Cabrera, 38, is hitting .263 with 15 home runs and 69 RBIs over 115 games this season, along with 39 walks and 106 strikeouts. He notched his 500th career home run Aug. 22 at Rogers Centre in Toronto and has since added two more homers to his resume.
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Playing his 19th MLB season, Cabrera is 25 hits away from No. 3,000.
Cabrera partnered with the Detroit Tigers Foundation to donate $250,000 to help children and families in Detroit amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation provided meals for children, technology for students and face masks for residents of the city. To make this happen, the Tigers teamed up with The Detroit Public Schools Foundation, G1 Impact, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Police Athletic League and Brilliant Detroit.
Also, Cabrera joined Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to encourage the COVID-19 vaccine. He was named co-chair of the Protect Michigan Commission and made a television commercial in English and Spanish to send his message across the state.
The winners from the past 10 years: Adam Wainwright (2020), Carlos Carrasco (2019), Yadier Molina (2018), Anthony Rizzo (2017), former Tiger Curtis Granderson (2016), Andrew McCutchen (2015), Paul Konerko (2014), Jimmy Rollins (2014), Carlos Beltran (2013), Clayton Kershaw (2012) and David Ortiz (2011).
Only one Tiger — Al Kaline in 1973 — has won the award.
The full list of nominees:
Trey Mancini (Baltimore Orioles)
Nathan Eovaldi (Boston Red Sox)
Liam Hendriks (Chicago White Sox)
Aaron Civale (Cleveland)
Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)
Alex Bregman (Houston Astros)
Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals)
Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
Nelson Cruz (Minnesota Twins)
Kyle Higashioka (New York Yankees)
Tony Kemp (Oakland Athletics)
Kyle Seager (Seattle Mariners)
Ryan Yarbrough (Tampa Bay Rays)
Jose Trevino (Texas Rangers)
Bo Bichette (Toronto Blu Jays)
David Peralta (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Will Smith (Atlanta Braves)
Jason Heyward (Chicago Cubs)
Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds)
Ian Desmond (Colorado Rockies)
Justin Turner (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Miguel Rojas (Miami Marlins)
Brent Suter (Milwaukee Brewers)
Pete Alonso (New York Mets)
Alec Bohm (Philadelphia Phillies)
Jacob Stallings (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Joe Musgrove (San Diego Padres)
Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants)
Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals)
Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals)
Evan Petzold is a sports reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Read more on the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.
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