Another year, another award for Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera. Last year’s MVP, Cabrera managed to match that feat this season, even if he didn’t win another Triple Crown. Joining him in the category of baseball’s biggest stars is a young center fielder who helped drag Pittsburgh from the depths of baseball’s failure cellar to the bright lights and full stadiums of the postseason. Miguel Cabrera and Andrew McCutchen won baseball’s MVP awards this season. Cabrera was the Most Valuable Player for the American League and McCutchen was the MVP for the National League.
“I’m floating right now, but I definitely didn’t expect it to be a landslide with those other guys — [Paul] Goldschmidt and [Yadier] Molina. They were great candidates and I didn’t know what to expect,” said McCutchen. “If I could get up and dance right now I would, but I don’t have much room to do that. When I get off camera, I probably will.”
Cabrera led all hitters in baseball with a .348 batting average and was second in both home runs (44) and RBIs (137). He got 23 of 30 first-place votes and is the first back-to-back MVP since Frank Thomas did it in 1993 and 1994. McCutchen was among the NL’s leaders in batting average (.317), home runs (21), RBIs (84), runs scored (97), and stolen bases (27) while helping the Pirates break a 20-season streak without making the playoffs.
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