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Pirates’ McCutchen Wins National League MVP Award

November 15, 2013

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen collected 28 of 30 first-place votes to win National League Most Valuable player honors.

McCutchen hit .317 in 2013 with 21 home runs and 84 RBI’s.  He stole 27 bases and compiled a .404 on-base percentage.

Bonds is the seventh Pirates player to win the MVP award.  Barry Bonds earned two such honors.  The other Pirates MVP’s were Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Roberto Clemente, Dick Groat and Paul Waner.  The award follows by two days the announcement that Pittsburgh’s Clint Hurdle had been named National League Manager-of-the-Year.

Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finished second in this year’s MVP balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina was third.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera captured the American League’s MVP honors for a second straight season.

Cabrera followed up his 2012 Triple Crown season by leading the Major Leagues in hitting with a .348 average, slamming 44 homers and driving home 137 runs, becoming the first player since Frank Thomas, of the Chicago White Sox, in 1993 and 1994 to win MVP awards in consecutive years.  Cabrera earned 23 of 30 first-place votes.

The Angels’ Mike Trout finished second in the American League MVP voting, and Baltimore’s Chris Davis, the Major Leagues’ leading home run hitter with 53, was third.

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