Cabrera was named on three of the 28 ballots cast, once in ninth place and once in tenth place, for a total of 4 points and an award share of 1 percent. He was the only Indians player to receive any votes.
Cabrera, 26, had a breakout year for Cleveland in 2011. The switch-hitting shortstop hit .273/.332/.460 (118 wRC+) with 25 homers, 92 RBI, 87 runs, 17 steals, and 3.8 fWAR (3.7 rWAR) while playing one of the hardest positions on the diamond. Anecdotally, he also earned a reputation as a clutch hitter, and while he isn’t a great fielder he made a number of fantastic web gem plays.
Justin Verlander was named the AL MVP after receiving 13 first-place votes (280 total points, 71 percent award share), followed by Jacoby Ellsbury (4 first-place votes, 62 percent award share), Jose Bautista (5, 59 percent), Curtis Granderson (3, 55 percent), and Miguel Cabrera (2, 49 percent). Michael Young (24 percent award share) also got a first-place vote.
In the mock votes I participated in, I put Bautista at the top of my ballot, followed by Ellsbury, Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Evan Longoria, Granderson, and Ben Zobrist, in that order.