2013 MLB Most Valuable Players announced
The final chapter of Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) Postseason Awards is complete as the 2013 MLB Most Valuable Player Award winners are announced. We had a repeat winner, and a new face on an emerging team.
American League: Miguel Cabrera (DET)
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera may not have won a back-to-back Triple Crown, but he is the back-to-back BBWAA American League MVP securing 23 of 30 first place votes. Cabrera edged out 2012 Rookie of the Year, Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout (who finished second in the MVP voting last year) while Cabrera’s season-long power rival Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis finished third. Despite being hampered by injuries, Cabrera put up comparable numbers to his 2012 Triple Crown season. But for an amazing year by Chris Davis, a repeat Triple Crown wasn’t in the cards. Miggy finished with a .348 batting average, 44 home runs, and 137 RBI. The latter two were second to Davis (53/138), the first was 24 points better than Minnesota Twins C/1B/DH Joe Mauer. Cabrera has finished in the Top 5 of the American League in MVP voting the last 5 seasons. Unfortunately, the Tigers have not yet ascended to the World Series mountain, falling to the San Francisco Giants in 2012 in the Series, then to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS this season. At age 30 and seemingly worn down by injuries, we hope Cabrera is able to continue in his prime for a few more years.
National League: Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
CF Andrew McCutchen, the on- and off-field leader of the emerging Pittsburgh Pirates, now has a BBWAA MVP trophy in his closet to solidify his role. “Cutch” filled up the proverbial stat sheet, with an NL top ten .317 average, to go with 21 HR, 84 RBI, 97 Runs, 27 steals, and 38 doubles. The 2012 Gold Glove winner also isn’t too shabby patrolling centerfield. After finishing third in MVP voting in 2012, McCutchen beat out St. Louis Cardinals leader Yadier Molina and Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt to win his first MVP. The voting was wider than expected, with McCutchen getting 28 of the 30 first place votes. Goldschmidt led the league in HR and RBI, but McCutchen’s value to his team was deemed greater. At 26 years old, the Pirates were wise to lock up their franchise player through the 2018 season if their team option is exercised. McCutchen, along with 2013 Manager of the Year Clint Hurdle, have been instrumental in the Pirates increase in wins the past four seasons, from 57, to 72, to 79, and this year’s 94, their first winning season and playoff appearance in 21 years.
– David Whitlock
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