MLB honors Miguel Cabrera

Updated: October 28, 2012, 12:55 AM ET
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MLB commissioner Bud Selig presented Miguel Cabrera with an actual crown Saturday, recognizing the Triple Crown he won this season, and announced that the Tigers slugger won the American League's Hank Aaron Award.

[+] EnlargeMiguel Cabrera (left) was honored by MLB commissioner Bud Selig before Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night for his Triple Crown win.
Tim Fuller/USA TODAY SportsMiguel Cabrera (left) was honored by MLB commissioner Bud Selig before Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night for his Triple Crown win.

For the first time, both winners of the award that recognizes the top offensive players in each league were getting ready to play in the same World Series.

After Cabrera posed for pictures and made a statement, he went to get ready for Game 3. Moments later, Giants catcher Buster Posey was honored for being the National League's Hank Aaron Award winner.

"Miguel joined historic company this year by winning the game's first Triple Crown in 45 years," Selig said. "And, Buster was a consistent force in returning to the field triumphantly this year."

Cabrera is the first player to lead baseball in batting average, home runs and RBIs since 1967 when Boston's Carl Yastrzemski pulled off the feat.

"I am very nervous right now," Cabrera said after waiting for more than 10 minutes for Selig to arrive at the pregame news conference. "But I want to thank you very much. It's an honor to be sitting here with a Hall of Famer and commissioner."

Posey hit .336 and became the first catcher in the league to win the batting title since Ernie Lombardi of the Boston Braves in 1942.

"I'm humbled that Hank Aaron knows who I am," Posey said. "Growing up in Georgia, he's a legend."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.