Baseball celebrates individual achievements
Teams weren't the only ones that discovered their fate on Sunday during an exciting final day of Major League Baseball's regular season, as a host of close individual battles also came down to the wire.
Following is a complete list of the major winners in each league.
AL: .338, Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
Cabrera won his fourth batting title in five seasons despite missing time with injury. Boston's Xander Bogaerts finished second, at .320.
"I played with Tony Gwynn. He certainly was a great hitter," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "But Miggy, despite the fact that his home runs were down this year, combines power and average like no one I've seen."
NL: .333, Dee Gordon, Marlins
Gordon edged Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper by three points to win the second batting title in Marlins history, following Hanley Ramirez in 2009.
AL: 47, Chris Davis, Orioles
Davis capped another power-packed season with two homers in Sunday's season finale to finish three ahead of Seattle's Nelson Cruz.
NL: 42, Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Harper
Two of the NL's brightest young stars tied for the league's home run crown, with Arenado's teammate, Carlos Gonzalez, finishing with 40.
AL: 123, Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
Donaldson capped his first year in Toronto with his first career 100-RBI season. Davis finished second, with 117.
NL: 130, Arenado
If not for Harper, Arenado might have been the NL's breakout star of 2015. The Rockies third baseman bested Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt by 20 RBIs.
"I'm a big Bryce Harper fan," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I love the way he plays. If he's the MVP, you can't argue with that. I just wish that people would give Nolan's defense the credit it deserves, and the [offensive] numbers are just too big to ignore."
AL: .440, Cabrera
Cabrera got on base more than any other AL player for the fourth time in the last six seasons. Mike Trout finished second, at .402.
NL: .460, Harper
Harper barely edged Reds first baseman Joey Votto, finishing with a .460 clip compared with Votto's .4589.
AL: 200, Jose Altuve, Astros
Altuve led the AL in hits for the second time, posting his second consecutive 200-hit season. Bogaerts finished second, with 196.
NL: 205, Gordon
Gordon led the NL in a host of categories during his career year, including hits. Arizona's A.J. Pollock finished second, with 192.
AL: 38, Altuve
Altuve stole nearly 20 fewer bases than in 2014 but still led the AL for the second straight season. He was 10 ahead of Kansas City's Lorenzo Cain.
NL: 58, Gordon
Gordon became the first NL player since Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson in 1949 to lead the league in batting average and stolen bases. Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton, who played in only 114 games, finished second, with 57.
"I'm just trying to help us win, like I've been trying to do the whole time," Gordon said. "To have some personal stuff is pretty cool as well."
AL: 20, Dallas Keuchel, Astros
Keuchel followed last season's breakout campaign by becoming the only AL starter to win 20 games. Teammate Collin McHugh finished second, with 19 wins.
NL: 22, Jake Arrieta, Cubs
Arrieta posted the NL's highest win total since 2008, finishing the season on a spectacular run. Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole and Los Angeles' Zack Greinke each finished with 19 wins.
"He's unbelievable," Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. "You get guys on base all the time, and they say they've never seen anything like it. It's a credit to him. He works hard, and deserves everything he gets and is about to get."
AL: 2.45, David Price, Blue Jays/Tigers
Price won his second AL ERA crown, barely edging Keuchel (2.48).
NL: 1.66, Greinke
Greinke's season-long dominance was enough to stave off Arrieta's strong second half. Greinke's ERA is the lowest in the Majors since Greg Maddux notched a 1.63 ERA in 1995. Arrieta finished at 1.77.
"I pitched good for the season. I guess you have to pitch pretty good for the whole season to do that," Greinke said. "Last time I felt more dominating, in 2009. This year I felt like it was more the whole team. There was hardly any errors behind me."
AL: 274, Chris Sale, White Sox
Sale broke a 107-year-old record to post the highest single-season strikeout total in White Sox history. Tampa Bay's Chris Archer finished second with 252.
"It was fun. It was a great experience, something I'll never forget," Sale said. "It's awesome, something that hasn't set in yet, but I know what it means, I know what it is, I'm very thankful for it and appreciative of it."
NL: 301, Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Kershaw's already won three Cy Young Awards, but he posted his first career 300-strikeout season. Max Scherzer finished with 276.
AL: 41, Brad Boxberger, Rays
Boxberger looked like a veteran in his first season as a closer, posting one more save than the Angels' Huston Street.
NL: 51, Mark Melancon, Pirates
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