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Tigers’ Cabrera wins second straight AL MVP award; Pirates’ McCutchen wins in NL

Updated: 2013-11-15T00:49:34Z

By BOB DUTTON

The Kansas City Star

American League MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit

•  Why he won:

Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera limped through the season’s closing weeks while nursing a sports hernia and still produced what, arguably, was a more productive season than when he achieved the Triple Crown in 2012.

Is it any surprise, then, that he was a repeat winner as the American League’s Most Valuable Player in balloting, announced Thursday, by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America?

Cabrera finished with 44 homers, 137 RBIs and led the league in batting for a third straight season at .348. He got 23 of the 30 first-place votes in becoming the AL’s first repeat winner since Chicago first baseman Frank Thomas in 1993-94.

Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout received five first-place votes and finished second for the second straight year. Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis was third, followed by Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson.

Two Royals were among the 25 players who got votes. Closer Greg Holland received one eighth-place vote, and catcher Salvy Perez got one 10th-place vote.

•  In his words:

“No, man, because Davis put up great numbers (in winning the home run and RBI crowns),” Cabrera said when asked if he might have achieved another Triple Crown if not for his late-season injury.

•  The voting:

Player, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Total
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit23700000000385
Mike Trout, Los Angeles52931101000282
Chris Davis, Baltimore141112101000232
Josh Donaldson, Oakland10149330000222
Robinson Cano, New York0015926520150
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay0000466453103
Dustin Pedroia, Boston000155542199
Adrian Beltre, Texas000028734299
Manny Machado, Baltimore00002125757 
David Ortiz, Boston000212212247
Jason Kipnis, Cleveland000011033531
Max Scherzer, Detroit001002011225
Adam Jones, Baltimore00001001009
Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto00000001207
Greg Holland, Royals00000001003
Carlos Santana, Cleveland00000001003
Coco Crisp, Oakland00000000113
Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston00000000113
Torii Hunter, Detroit00000000102
Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle00000000102
Koji Uehara, Boston00000000022
Yu Darvish, Texas00000000011
Felix Hernandez, Seattle00000000011
Salvy Perez, Royals00000000011
Shane Victorino, Boston00000000011

The voting panel consists of two BBWAA members representing each of the 15 chapters in American League cities. Players receive 14 points for a first-place vote, nine for a second-place vote and eight for a third-place vote, etc., down to one point for a 10th-place vote. Balloting is conducted prior to postseason play.

•  Kansas City Chapter ballots: Bob Dutton, The Kansas City Star (Trout, Cabrera, Donaldson, Davis, Pedroia, Scherzer, Cano, Machado, Iwakuma, Perez); Joe Posnanski, at-large (Trout, Cabrera, Donaldson, Cano, Davis, Longoria, Pedroia, Beltre, Kipnis, Machado)

•  Previous winners

2012: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit; 2011: Justin Verlander, Detroit; 2010: Josh Hamilton, Texas; 2009: Joe Mauer, Minnesota; 2008: Dustin Pedroia, Boston; 2007: Alex Rodriguez, New York; 2006: Justin Morneau, Minnesota; 2005: Alex Rodriguez, New York; 2004: Vladimir Guerrero, Anaheim; 2003: Alex Rodriguez, Texas; 2002: Miguel Tejada, Oakland; 2001: Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle; 2000: Jason Giambi, Oakland.

1999: Ivan Rodriguez, Texas; 1998: Juan Gonzalez, Texas; 1997: Ken Griffey Jr.*, Seattle; 1996: Juan Gonzalez, Texas; 1995: Mo Vaughn, Boston; 1994: Frank Thomas, Chicago; 1993: Frank Thomas*, Chicago; 1992: Dennis Eckersley, Oakland; 1991: Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore; 1990: Rickey Henderson, Oakland.

1989: Robin Yount, Milwaukee; 1988: José Canseco*, Oakland; 1987: George Bell, Toronto; 1986: Roger Clemens, Boston; 1985: Don Mattingly, New York; 1984: Willie Hernandez, Detroit; 1983: Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore; 1982: Robin Yount, Milwaukee; 1981: Rollie Fingers, Milwaukee; 1980: George Brett, Royals.

1979: Don Baylor, California; 1978: Jim Rice, Boston; 1977: Rod Carew, Minnesota; 1976: Thurman Munson, New York; 1975: Fred Lynn, Boston; 1974: Jeff Burroughs, Texas; 1973: Reggie Jackson*, Oakland; 1972: Dick Allen, Chicago; 1971: Vida Blue, Oakland; 1970: Boog Powell, Baltimore.

1969: Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota; 1968: Denny McLain*, Detroit; 1967: Carl Yastrzemski, Boston; 1966: Frank Robinson*, Baltimore; 1965: Zoilo Versalles, Minnesota; 1964: Brooks Robinson, Baltimore; 1963: Elston Howard, New York; 1962: Mickey Mantle, New York; 1961: Roger Maris, New York; 1960: Roger Maris, New York.

1959: Nellie Fox, Chicago; 1958: Jackie Jensen, Boston; 1957: Mickey Mantle, New York; 1956: Mickey Mantle*, New York; 1955: Yogi Berra, New York; 1954: Yogi Berra, New York; 1953: Al Rosen*, Cleveland; 1952: Bobby Shantz, Philadelphia; 1951: Yogi Berra, New York; 1950: Phil Rizzuto, New York.

1949: Ted Williams, Boston; 1948: Lou Boudreau, Cleveland; 1947: Joe DiMaggio, New York; 1946: Ted Williams, Boston; 1945: Hal Newhouser, Detroit; 1944: Hal Newhouser, Detroit; 1943: Spud Chandler, New York; 1942: Joe Gordon, New York; 1941: Joe DiMaggio, New York; 1940: Hank Greenberg, Detroit.

1939: Joe DiMaggio, New York; 1938: Jimmie Foxx, Boston; 1937: Charlie Gehringer, Detroit; 1936: Lou Gehrig, New York; 1935: Hank Greenberg*, Detroit; 1934: Mickey Cochrane, Detroit; 1933: Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia; 1932: Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia; 1931: Lefty Grove, Philadelphia.

*unanimous selection

National League MVP: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh

•  Why he won:

Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen was a runaway winner as the National League’s Most Valuable Player after leading the Pirates to their first postseason appearance — heck, their first winning record — in 21 years.

McCutchen received 28 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting announced Thursday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The last Pirates player to win the award was outfielder Barry Bonds in 1992.

Not coincidentally, 1992 was Pittsburgh’s last winning season until this year. Bonds signed with San Francisco as a free agent after the 1992 season, won the 1993 award as a Giant, and went on to win it a record seven times.

Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was second in the balloting, followed by St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, who received the other two first-place votes.

Both of Molina’s first-place votes came from St. Louis chapter members.

McCutchen, 27, finished with 21 homers, 84 RBIs and a .317 average in a season that saw him selected for the third straight year to the All-Star Game and win a second straight Silver Slugger Award.

•  In his words:

“I’d lie to you if I said (becoming the MVP) didn’t enter my mind,” McCutchen said. “It definitely did pass my thought process at points (in the season).

“I’m not a selfish player, and I definitely wasn’t thinking for myself. I was just trying to be the best player I can be for my team…But there were times in the game when I’d come up to bat, (and) you’d year everybody standing up, cheering `MVP.’ It was awesome to be able to hear something like that.”

•  The voting:

Player, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Total
Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh28110000000409
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona01519320000242
Yadier Molina, St. Louis2846601021219
Matt Carpenter, St. Louis0654391110194
Freddie Freeman, Atlanta0005788110154
Joey Votto, Cincinnati0028734012149
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles0084045410146
Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles001121233358
Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee000010362343
Jay Bruce, Cincinnati000011302330
Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta000101033027
Shin-Soo Choo, Cincinnati000001114323
Jayson Werth, Washington000000122620
Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta000000024014
Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles000000120010
Hunter Pence, San Francisco00000001127
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado00000000215
Allen Craig, St. Louis00000001014
Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles00000001014
Buster Posey, San Francisco00000001003
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis00000001003
Michael Cuddyer, Colorado00000000033
Matt Holliday, St. Louis00000000102
Russell Martin, Pittsburgh00000000011

The voting panel consists of two BBWAA members representing each of the 15 chapters in National League cities. Players receive 14 points for a first-place vote, nine for a second-place vote and eight for a third-place vote, etc., down to one point for a 10th-place vote. Balloting is conducted prior to postseason play.

•  Previous winners:

2012: Buster Posey, San Francisco; 2011: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee; 2010: Joey Votto, Cincinnati; 2009: Albert Pujols*, St. Louis; 2008: Albert Pujols, St. Louis; 2007: Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia; 2006: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia; 2005: Albert Pujols, St. Louis; 2004: Barry Bonds, San Francisco; 2003: Barry Bonds, San Francisco; 2002: Barry Bonds*, San Francisco; 2001: Barry Bonds, San Francisco; 2000: Jeff Kent, San Francisco.

1999: Chipper Jones, Atlanta; 1998: Sammy Sosa, Chicago; 1997: Larry Walker, Colorado; 1996: Ken Caminiti*, San Diego; 1995: Barry Larkin, Cincinnati; 1994: Jeff Bagwell*, Houston; 1993: Barry Bonds, San Francisco; 1992: Barry Bonds, Pittsburgh; 1991: Terry Pendleton, Atlanta; 1990: Barry Bonds, Pittsburgh.

1989: Kevin Mitchell, San Francisco; 1988: Kirk Gibson, Los Angeles; 1987: Andre Dawson, Chicago; 1986: Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia; 1985: Willie McGee, St. Louis; 1984: Ryne Sandberg, Chicago; 1983: Dale Murphy, Atlanta; 1982: Dale Murphy, Atlanta; 1981: Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia; 1980: Mike Schmidt*, Philadelphia.

1979 (tie): Keith Hernandez, St. Louis, and Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh; 1978: Dave Parker, Pittsburgh; 1977: George Foster, Cincinnati; 1976: Joe Morgan, Cincinnati; 1975: Joe Morgan, Cincinnati; 1974: Steve Garvey, Los Angeles; 1973: Pete Rose, Cincinnati; 1972: Johnny Bench, Cincinnati; 1971: Joe Torre, St. Louis; 1970: Johnny Bench, Cincinnati.

1969: Willie McCovey, San Francisco; 1968: Bob Gibson, St. Louis; 1967: Orlando Cepeda*, St. Louis; 1966: Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh; 1965: Willie Mays, San Francisco; 1964: Ken Boyer, St. Louis; 1963: Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles; 1962: Maury Wills, Los Angeles; 1961: Frank Robinson, Cincinnati; 1960: Dick Groat, Pittsburgh.

1959: Ernie Banks, Chicago; 1958: Ernie Banks, Chicago; 1957: Hank Aaron, Milwaukee; 1956: Don Newcombe, Brooklyn; 1955: Roy Campanella, Brooklyn; 1954: Willie Mays, New York; 1953: Roy Campanella, Brooklyn; 1952: Hank Sauer, Chicago; 1951: Roy Campanella, Brooklyn; 1950: Jim Konstanty, Philadelphia.

1949: Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn; 1948: Stan Musial, St. Louis; 1947: Bob Elliott, Boston; 1946: Stan Musial, St. Louis; 1945: Phil Cavarretta, Chicago; 1944: Marty Marion, St. Louis; 1943: Stan Musial, St. Louis; 1942: Mort Cooper, St. Louis; 1941: Dolph Camilli, Brooklyn; 1940: Frank McCormick, Cincinnati.

1939: Bucky Walters, Cincinnati; 1938: Ernie Lombardi, Cincinnati; 1937: Joe Medwick, St. Louis; 1936: Carl Hubbell, New York; 1935: Gabby Hartnett, Chicago; 1934: Dizzy Dean, St. Louis; 1933: Carl Hubbell, New York; 1932: Chuck Klein, Philadelphia; 1931: Frankie Frisch, St. Louis.

*unanimous selection

2013 BBWAA award winners

•  AL Most Valuable Player: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit

•  NL Most Valuable Player: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh

•  AL Cy Young Award: Max Scherzer, Detroit

•  NL Cy Young Award: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles

•  AL Manager of the Year: Terry Francona, Cleveland

•  NL Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh

•  AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year: Wil Myers, Tampa Bay

•  NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year: Jose Fernandez, Miami

To reach Bob Dutton, send email to bdutton@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/Royals_Report.

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