Cabrera and Perez Receive Local Awards

Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera collected another award for his stellar 2011 season today when the Cleveland Baseball Writers of America Association named him the Indians Man of the Year, awarding him the prestigious Bob Feller Award. Chris Perez also was named the Good Guy Award.

Cabrera has received many awards for his 2011 accomplishments. Cabrera, who started for the American League in the All-Star game last July, earned the American League Silver Slugger Award and was named to the Sporting News’ postseason All-Star team. It was the first time an Indians shortstop had been named to the team since 1948 when Lou Boudreau earned the honor. He was also the Cleveland nomination for the Hank Aaron Award.

His 25 home runs more than quadrupled his previous season high of six and eclipsed his career total of 18 entering this season. It became the Indians’ team record for shortstops. His 92 runs batted in are the most since Boudreau drove in 106 in 1948. At only 26 years of age, Cabrera could still be developing into the star player he was in 2011.

Perez received the Steve Olin-Frank Gibbons Award for his consideration and appreciation of the media. Shelley Duncan and Justin Masterson were also nominated for the accolade. Perez, in his first full season as the Tribe’s closer, saved 36 games this season with a 3.32 ERA. The closer not just speaks with the media daily, regardless of his performance but tweets with media and fans alike on twitter.

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