Cabrera and McCutchen win MVP awards

Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:01pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera won his second successive American League Most Valuable Player Award, while Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed National League honors on Thursday.

Third baseman Cabrera, who batted .348 with 44 home runs and 137 runs batted in, received 23 of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Centerfielder McCutchen, who hit .317, drove in 84 runs and stole 27 bases, was a runaway winner, garnering 28 first-place votes from the 30 ballots.

"I'm very happy. If I could get up to dance right now, I would," McCutchen, who also hit 21 home runs, told MLB TV.

McCutchen, 27, is the first Pirates player to win the prestigious award since Barry Bonds in 1992, the last time Pittsburgh had reached the postseason before their spirited run to a wild card berth this season.

McCutchen, who finished third in the MVP voting last year, admitted that it was hard to avoid thoughts of the honor.

"I'd lie to you if I said it didn't cross my mind ever," he said. "I'm not a selfish player and I definitely wasn't thinking for myself. I was just trying to be the best player I could be for my team.

"There were times in the game when I'd come up to bat and you'd hear everybody standing up and cheering, 'MVP'. It was just awesome to be able to hear something like that."

Cabrera, 30, prevailed for the second consecutive year over Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, with slugger Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles finishing third.   Continued...

 
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits an RBI single against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning in game five of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports