Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera won his second consecutive American League Most Valuable Player award and Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen won his first National League MVP in balloting announced on Thursday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Cabrera is the first AL player since former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas in 1993 and ’94 to win the award in consecutive seasons. Just as in 2012, he beat out Angels outfielder Mike Trout for the honor. Cabrera received 23 first-place voters and 385 points overall; Trout got 5 firsts and had 282 total points. The Orioles’ Chris Davis, who led the majors in home runs and RBIs, got one first-place vote but finished third with 232 points. Oakland’s Josh Donaldson got the remaining first-place vote.

McCutchen is the first Pirates player since Barry Bonds in 1992 to win the award. He got 28 first-place votes and 409 points overall. Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (0 firsts, 242 points overall) and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (2, 219) finished second and third, respectively.


Cabrera overcame nagging injuries late in the season to lead the majors in batting average (.348; his third straight AL batting title), on-base percentage (.442) and slugging percentage (.636). He also had 44 home runs and 137 RBIs, almost mirroring his totals from 2012: 44 and 139, both of which led the majors en route to his winning the first Triple Crown in 45 years. Just as in 2012, he powered Detroit to the AL Central title while Trout’s Angels missed the postseason entirely.

Trout led the league in runs and walks and hit .323 with a .432 OBP and .557 slugging while adding 27 home runs and 33 stolen bases. He led all of baseball with 9.2 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball-Reference.com. Davis had 53 home runs and 138 RBIs and his 370 total bases were also the most in the major leagues.