Miguel Cabrera wins ESPY for 'Best MLB Player,' other Michigan athletes come up empty-handed

(WXYZ) - Only one Michigan athlete took home an ESPY award despite several nominations at ESPN's annual award ceremony Wednesday night.

Miguel Cabrera took home the "Best MLB Player" award during ESPN's annual event honoring athletes.

All ESPY's are elected by fan votes and are based on performances spanning the past 12 months in sports.

Cabrera was unable to make it to Los Angeles to receive the award in person, so former Tigers player and manager Alan Trammel accepted it on his behalf.

Miguel Cabrera was also nominated for "Best Male Athlete," but that honor went to Miami's Lebron James.

Cabrera wasn't the only Michigan athlete up for honors Wednesday night. Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was nominated for two awards; "Best NFL Player" and "Record Breaking Performance," which he ended up losing to Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Michael Phelps respectively.

Former Michigan guard Trey Burke was hoping to add to his trophy collection, with a nomination for "Best Male College Athlete," but he lost to Texas A&M star, and Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel.

Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski also came up empty-handed, losing out on the "Best Driver" award which was given to IndyCar's Ryan Hunter-Reay.


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