Miguel Cabrera & Andrew McCutchen Win MVP Awards – VIDEO
Major League Baseball handed out its 2013 Most Valuable Player awards on Thursday, with Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera winning for the second-consecutive year in the American League, and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen capturing the honor in the National League.
Voting was done by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
The 30 -year old Cabrera, who won the Triple Crown in 2012, received 23 of a possible 30 first-place votes, to outdistance Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, for the second-straight year.
Cabrera led the American League in hitting, with a .348 average, while finishing second to Baltimore’s Chris Davis in both homers and RBI’s, with 44 long balls, and 137 runs batted in.
Cabrera, who becomes the first player to win back-to-back MVP awards since Albert Pujols back in 2008-2009, and the first American League Player to accomplish the feat since Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox in 1993-1994, wins the award for the Tigers organization for the third-consecutive year.
Pitcher Justin Verlander won the honor in 2011.
Since the award was first given out in 1931, a Detroit player has won it 11 times.
McCutchen received 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes in the National League, finishing ahead of second-place finisher Paul Goldschmidt, of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 27-year old McCutchen hit a .317 in 2013, with 21 home runs, 84 RBI’s, and 27 stolen bases.
McCutchen, who led the Pirates to their first winning season, and first playoff appearance since 1992, becomes the first Pittsburgh player to win the MVP since Barry Bonds in 1992.
Since the award was first given out in 1931, a Pirates player has won it seven times.