Cano finishes fourth in AL MVP race

Cano finishes fourth in AL MVP race

NEW YORK -- Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano finished fourth in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award on Thursday, as the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) honored Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers with the cherished award.

Simply being nominated for the AL MVP Award was a nod to Cano's strong season, however, as the 30-year-old collected 149 points on the ballot after the slick-fielding slugger set a new career high in home runs (33) and tied his career high in doubles (48) with New York. Derek Jeter, Rafael Soriano and Raul Ibanez also picked up points.

The Angels' Mike Trout finished second, the Rangers' Adrian Beltre finished third and Josh Hamilton finished fifth.

Cano batted .313 with 105 runs scored and 94 RBIs in 161 games for the AL East champion Yanks this season, enjoying a red-hot late-season tear to help New York lock up its 13th division title in 17 seasons.

While he came up short in the MVP voting, which took place before Cano's icy postseason showing against the Orioles and Tigers, Cano has already brought home a few key honors this winter.

Leading all Major League second basemen in games played (161), hits (196), doubles, homers, RBIs and batting average, Cano was honored with his third straight AL Silver Slugger Award and fourth overall, indicative of being the top offensive player at his position.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter joined Cano among the Silver Slugger winners.

Cano also earned his second AL Gold Glove Award, leading all AL second basemen with 726 chances in 2012 and finishing with a .992 fielding percentage while making just six errors.

Joined on the Yankees' infield by fellow Gold Glover Mark Teixeira this year, Cano is just one of two Yanks second basemen to win a Gold Glove, along with Bobby Richardson, who won the honor in five straight seasons from 1961-65.

Player, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 22 6 362
Mike Trout, Angels 6 21 1 281
Adrian Beltre, Rangers 1 16 9 1 1 210
Robinson Cano, Yankees 6 10 1 1 3 2 1 149
Josh Hamilton, Rangers 3 6 5 8 2 3 1 127
Adam Jones, Orioles 1 2 8 5 4 3 2 124
Derek Jeter, Yankees 2 1 4 1 3 2 1 1 73
Justin Verlander, Tigers 2 3 3 2 1 1 58
Prince Fielder, Tigers 1 5 1 2 5 5 56
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics 1 2 2 3 2 4 41
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays 2 5 6 33
David Price, Rays 1 3 1 26
Fernando Rodney, Rays 1 5 2 1 24
Jim Johnson, Orioles 1 1 1 1 22
Alex Rios, White Sox 1 5 1 17
Josh Reddick, Athletics 2 1 2 14
Albert Pujols, Angels 1 1 1 8
Ben Zobrist, Rays 1 1 1 7
Joe Mauer, Twins 1 3 6
Rafael Soriano, Yankees 1 1 5
Matt Wieters, Orioles 1 4
Felix Hernandez, Mariners 1 2
Jered Weaver, Angels 1 2
Raul Ibanez, Yankees 1 1

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.