Cabrera, McCutchen Win MVP’s All those who marvel at Miguel Cabrera can only wonder what he might have done this year if completely healthy.
McCutchen drew 28 of the 30 first-place votes to finish far ahead of Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina.
Even so, Cabrera was a huge hit in Motown.
"I'm floating right now," McCutchen said in Pittsburgh. "But I definitely didn't expect it to be a Despite being hobbled by all sorts of ailments, the Detroit Tigers slugger won his second straight landslide with those other guys -- Goldschmidt and Molina. They were great candidates, and I American League Most Valuable Player award didn't know what to expect." Thursday, once again beating Angel’s outfielder Mike Trout by a comfortable margin. McCutchen ranked among the NL leaders by hitting .317 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs. He A season after winning baseball's first Triple Crown in 45 years, Cabrera came back to lead the also scored 97 runs, stole 27 bases and had a .404 majors in hitting at .348 and finish second with 44 on-base percentage. home runs and 137 RBIs.
The 27-year-old with the long, flowing dreadlocks "I think this year was tougher because of the inju- helped the Pirates stop a record streak of 20 losries," he said on a conference call from the Miami ing seasons and make the playoffs for the first time since 1992. area. "It was the last two months. It was tough to play through it," he said. The eight-time All-Star missed several games after the break because of a bad back, a sore left hip flexor, a strained lower abdomen, shin trouble and a groin tear. He recently had surgery to fix the tear and said he'll be ready for spring training.
Cabrera finished with 385 points, while Trout got five first-place votes and 282 points. The difference was 81 points last season, when Trout was AL rookie of the year. Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, who led the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs, was third. "I think all three guys deserve this trophy," Cabrera said.
Still, Cabrera got 23 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He became the first player to win consecutive AL MVPs since Frank Thomas for the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and 1994.
Davis and Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson each received a first-place vote.
Pirate’s center fielder Andrew McCutchen took the National League MVP award by a surprisingly wide margin after leading a baseball revival in Pittsburgh.
No AL player has won three straight MVPs. Albert Pujols was the last repeat NL MVP winner in 2008 and 2009; Barry Bonds took four straight from 2001 to '04.
Cabrera took his third AL batting title in a row. He also drew a $1 million bonus for winning a second MVP during his current contract with the Tigers.
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Published on Dec 19, 2013