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Andrew McCutchen claims NL MVP award in landslide

Nov 14, 2013, 6:53 PM EST

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The Pirates have their first NL MVP since 1992 after Andrew McCutchen received 28 of the 30 first-place votes on Thursday to easily top Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt for the award.

Goldschmidt finished second with 242 points to McCutchen’s 409. He was second on 15 of the 30 ballots. Yadier Molina finished third with 219 points. He got the two first-place votes that didn’t go McCutchen, both coming from St. Louis Post-Dispatch scribes.

After Molina were Matt Carpenter (194), Freddy Freeman (154), Joey Votto (149), Clayton Kershaw (146), Hanley Ramirez (58), Carlos Gomez (43), Jay Bruce (30), Craig Kimbrel (27) and Shin-Soo Choo (23). Goldschmidt and Gomez were the only players in the top 12 not to be part of a playoff team.

Barry Bonds was the Pirates’ previous MVP, winning in 1990 and 1992. Before that, Willie Stargell was co-MVP with Keith Hernandez in 1979 and Dave Parker won the award in 1978.

McCutchen hit .317/.404/.508 with 21 homers, 84 RBI and 27 steals to lead the Pirates’ on their surprising postseason run last season. He had even better numbers in 2012 (.327/.400/.553, 31 HR, 96 RBI), but he settled for one first-place vote and a third-place finish in the MVP balloting then with the Pirates winning 15 fewer games (79-83 to 94-68).

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Is he immediately going to turn into a giant a-hole and start injecting HGH directly into his brainstem too?

    • themuddychicken - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Naw, he’ll wait at least half a decade before getting jealous of lesser talents getting all of the attention, then go on an unprecedented tear.

      Sadly, he’ll also lose those luscious locks in the process.

    • apkyletexas - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Is tbuckfutter going to turn the microscope on his own team’s players for cheating? Pats? Roid Sox?

      I thought not.

    • aphillieated - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      haha this cards fan is maaaad

      • cur68 - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        pssst: Red Sox fan. But don’t be hatin’.

  2. 2dmo4 - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    I’d love to have this guy on my team. Very well spoke, great in the community, and oh yeah, a 5 tool player.

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      Yeah, he definitely is “well spoke”.

      (Also, it’s racist and not considered a compliment to point out when a black person is “well spoken” even if you do negate the point by moronically screwing up the text).

      • historiophiliac - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Man, I wish you’d called him a looser.

      • chacochicken - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        Such an explosive athlete. Not the scrappy hardworking type but the raw natural talent type.

      • dan1111 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:15 AM

        @tfb, when a player is good at speaking to the media, this is often pointed out. This is not their primary job, and many do it rather poorly, so it is a legitimate compliment to call a baseball player is well spoken.

        I think you are making a mountain out of a molehill here. Context is everything.

        Also, I hope I never mistype anything and have your wrath come down on me.

      • dan1111 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:30 AM

        A few examples of white players being called well-spoken:

        http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1236033-7-current-mlb-players-who-will-be-broadcasters-or-on-espn-someday

        http://mlb.mlb.com/fancave/blog.jsp?content=article&content_id=23740082#fbid=0PkhUn8vupf

        http://nbr.com/2013/07/24/does-the-baseball-business-need-a-boost/

        http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/mark-derosa-goes-ballplayer-tv-studio-analyst-mlb-154903714–mlb.html

        http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/07/03/harper-to-espn-i-want-to-show-my-respect-for-mlb-everybody-that-played-before-me/

      • nbjays - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:27 AM

        Call him a looser, Historio? Don’t be stupied…

      • jimmyt - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        You are a moron and not at all qualified to lecture others on what is and isn’t racist because you obviously don’t have a clue. We don’t need a mealy mouthed, self-appointed internet blog proof reader to champion the cause against racism or any other ism. Get a clue and STFU.

      • hustleandflomax - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        It’s not that saying someone is ‘well spoken’ is racist in and of itself because I’m sure there was nothing but good intentions behind the words; however, it is condescending.

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      I missed your post earlier on Jose Fernandez winning the Cy Young.

      Did you point out how he hardly smells like tacos at all?

      • Old Gator - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        Tacos are Mexican. He’s Cuban. And he doesn’t smell like a pan con lechon.

      • apkyletexas - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        @tf – why don’t you just STFU idiot?

        And congrats to my man McCutchen. It’s been a long time coming. Looking forward to next season.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        Oh, so Cubans can’t eat tacos now?

        What the hell, man?

      • paperlions - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        Man, you might be a long lost relative of mine. I worked in Paraguay for 18 months. I went to visit the folks right after returning to the US and my dad says, “There is a great Mexican place near here, but you are probably tired of Mexican food, huh?”

      • historiophiliac - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        Why do people take what you say seriously?

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        I don’t know but I’m working on a theory that people are idiots.

        I’m using fans of Keeping Up With The Kardashians as the control group.

        But that’s only because I’m lazy and want to make sure I prove my point.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        I particularly enjoyed how they earnestly believed that the dude you were mocking would be able to differentiate between Mexican and Cuban cuisine…and that you are the idiot.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        I personally enjoy referring to all Latinos as “some kind of Mexican”.

        No one ever gets it.

        And that makes me happy.

      • indaburg - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        Hello, my name is Jennifer Lopez. I eat tacos and burritos.

      • cur68 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        You people crack me up.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        Taco flavored kisses…..

      • historiophiliac - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        She says “taco” but she means “rum.”

  3. steelers88 - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Man I’d never thought I would say this. I cant for the Pittsburgh Pirates season to start. I love watching McCutchen play everyday! He is so humble and he never takes a day off.

    • apkyletexas - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      Agreed!

    • bfunk1978 - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      YOU CANT WHAT

  4. thekingdave - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Well spoken=a black guy that has a better than average grasp of the English language. Can we drop these cliches already? Like the white guy who’s a “leader, has fire, has to outwork everyone in the weight room” when in fact they are are as physically gifted as they come.

    • Old Gator - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      You know, I don’t see how pointing out that McCutcheon is well spoken expresses anything except acknowledgment of his eloquence. I’ve gone channel surfing three sentences into Buddha knows how many postgame interviews with white ballplayers unable to construct a coherent sentence and who seem to think that “um” is an article adjective. Yes, McCutcheon is well spoken and would be well spoken if he were white, pink with purple polka dots or semi-translucent.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Point being we don’t feel the need to point it out about white players.

        In any sport.

        No one describes Tom Brady as being “well spoken” because it’s expected her will be. If a white player doesn’t speak well we say he sounds like a dumbass.

        The reverse expectation seems to be that we expect black players to sound like dumbasses and when they don’t it is surprising enough to be commented on.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        I would prefer to not have just referred to Tom Brady as “her” but….whatevs.

        I’m not well spoke.

      • ochospantalones - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        I’m with Old Gator on this one. I really don’t think there IS an inherent expectation that white players will be well spoken. Seems to me most people expect most ball players to sound like idiots, regardless of race or class. If we were talking about a highly educated group of people such as doctors, lawyers, politicians etc. and singling out the African-American ones for praise as being well-spoken then yeah, THAT would be racist. But I think that racial charge dissipates when we’re not talking about a group of people (i.e. professional atheltes) for whom being well-spoken is inherently part of the job.

      • ochospantalones - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Apparently I can’t write either. That should be “being well-spoken is NOT inherently part of the job.”

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        When have you ever heard “He’s very well-spoken” said about anyone who wasn’t black?

        Seriously. Just once. When has someone ever said “Wow, that white guy with dreadlocks is surprisingly well spoken”….

        Ok…I just accidentally identified the only OTHER time it may have ever happened.

      • yahmule - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:29 AM

        Well spoken isn’t objectionable. You wouldn’t call anyone well spoken merely because you tend to throw around compliments like they’re manhole covers.

        Articulate is the code word you’re looking for, monkey brain.

    • clydeserra - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      yeah, better watch that. McCutchen might ask them to run for vice president

  5. crookedstick - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    “Yadier Molina ……got the two first-place votes that didn’t go to McCutchen, both coming from St. Louis Post-Dispatch scribes.”

    Of course they did!! LOL

    • gibbyfan - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      I think Yadi deserved any first place votes that he may have gotten…………maybe thoise guys in St. Louis were the only ones watching him…………

      • fearlessleader - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        Yes—I’m honestly shocked that he finished third (I’d already resigned myself to the fact that he wasn’t going to win). McCutchen is a fantastic player, and I’m happy for him and for the Pirates, but Yadi had comparable offensive numbers, won his millionth Gold Glove, and, oh by the way, led a staff of mostly rookie pitchers to a 97-win season.

        I’m the first to admit that I’m being a shameless homer when I am, in fact, being a shameless homer. But in this case, I think gibbyfan is right: People who don’t watch Yadi play regularly, and who don’t see firsthand how the Cardinals revolve around him or hear how the players speak about him, probably don’t fully realize just how good he is. Hell, I never miss a game, and *I* probably don’t fully realize just how good he is.

        At the very least, he should have been good enough for a second-place finish. Jeez. Congrats, Cutch.

      • paperlions - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        The MVP award is mostly just a offensive award. If it had anything at all to do with the value created by players in all phases of the game, it wouldn’t be the “most RBI by a guy on a playoff team award”.

        It is highly likely that it is much more rare and much more valuable to have a guy that is an elite defensive player at easily the toughest and most important defensive position that also is an elite offensive player (Molina was 15th in the NL in wRC+), than it is to have a guy that is a better offensive player and a solid defender at a mid- or low-defensive spectrum position (such as CF or 1B).

        Catcher remains the must under-rated defensive position and value-contribution….and in the voting for these awards, defensive value is almost completely ignored.

    • okwhitefalcon - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      A Pittsburgh writer had Molina 9th.

      Of course he did.

      • gibbyfan - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        Hey –These were all exceptional players and the award is largly subjective –and in some ways downright cryptic — so really congrats to all three. I think a strong case could be made for Yadi winning the MVP and an even stronger one for the best defensive player in the game……..I’m betting if only the players/managers were to vote he would have nailed them both.

      • dontask4trade - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        And the Miami writers had Molina ninth and tenth.

  6. aphillieated - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Nice to see a black player win the MVP! Last one was back in 07 J-ROLL!

    • yahmule - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      When he shamelessly campaigned for and was given the award Matt Holliday deserved.

  7. chill1184 - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Congrats to McCutchen

  8. Zach Chong - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Reblogged this on The Sports Sources Collector.

  9. steeldominance - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Congrats to McCutchen. He is a class act. That being said, I think its insane that Molina didnt win it. The offensive stats are similar and both are great fielders. But Molinas impact on the team as a catcher is far greater than McCutchens as a CF. The Cards are a sub .500 team without Molina. I dont think the same can be said about the Pirates. If Molina only hit .280 I could understand McCutchen winning. I guess Yadi has to put up Cabrera numbers to win the NL MVP. Being the best defensive catcher in baseball (possibly of all time) and having top 3 offensive stats werent enough this year.

  10. spudchukar - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Congrats to Cutch. He is a deserving recipient. That said the Cards wouldn’t trade Molina for McCutchen straight up, and I mean tomorrow, age difference and all. The only thing that is sad to me is the lack of respect for Yadi. And I say that with the caveat that I do not want to take anything away from the Pirate center fielder.

    To the Pirate voter who chose to rate Molina at #9, here is what would be cool for Cutch or other Pirate voices to express. Tell him how embarrassed they are by his vote. It only cheapens the selection process.

    Again, congrats Andrew McCutchen on two awesome seasons, you are a credit to the game. Sometimes you have to replicate terrific season to garner the recognition you deserve.

    • paperlions - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      That vote isn’t any more embarrassing than the two StL writers that gave Wainwright first place CY votes. There is no universe in which Wainwright was arguably as good as Kershaw this year. The majority of award voters still vote as if baseball is understood no better than it was in 1990, and homer votes (both for the home team and against rivals) remain prevalent because of the lack of logical consistency and honesty that is possible when one doesn’t root their understanding of baseball in anything….thereby allowing said voters to regularly contradict themselves in order to simply vote however they feel like voting.

      • spudchukar - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Well, once again, I had a lengthy response, down to the final punctuation, all ready to go and then poof, erased. Between the site police, and the refresh erasures I have reached new levels of frustration with HBT. Screw it.

    • dontask4trade - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      I don’t think finishing third is a lack of respect. To me, the issue is comparing the players value to the team. When Molina went down, the Cards played under .500, but in all fairness, they were playing under .500 in the 13 games before he went out. Plus, the games he missed were a few against Pittsburgh, the Reds, and the Dodgers, all 90+ wins. If you want to reach out and grasp at a straw, pick the series against the Cubs.

      If you want to use the BBWAA voters as a guide, compare the line-ups. Other Cards receiving votes were Carpenter, Craig, Wainwright, and Holiday. The only other Pirate to get a vote was Martin getting a gift from a StL writer for tenth place, to finish dead last of players getting a vote.

      Leaving Cutch and Yadi where they are, pick a Pirate position player over a Cardinal versus a Cardinal player over a Pirate. Alvarez over Freese? Craig over Jones? Marte over Holliday? The point is, without Cutch, the Pirates don’t even sniff .500 this past year. Without Yadi, the Cards still win 90.

  11. Stiller43 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    My man cutch!!

  12. aiede - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    The Tigers thought Cameron Maybin would be a better CF than Cutch and took him the pick prior in the 2005 draft. Ah, the bad old days of Tigers talent evaluation.

    That being said, Maybin was part of the package that went to the Fish for Miggy. So we can’t get too mad.

  13. Stiller43 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Theres a new one – saying someone is well spoken is “racist.” Wtf? That word is thrown around WAYYY too much these days

  14. joewilliesshnoz - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Way to go Cutch, you definitely earned it.

  15. overdrawnagain - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Should Yadi have won…yes. Does it bother me Andrew won… No. I love the Cards and there isn’t a stat 4 runners not even attempting to steal. But it’s good to have Pitt back in the race.

  16. mvd513 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    I’m glad I now know its politically incorrect to compliment African-Americans.

  17. unclemosesgreen - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Jose Fernandez smells like pastelitos de guayaba. Oh no wait, that’s Aroldis Chapman.

  18. stevequinn - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    I’ve liked McCutcheon the past couple of years and, if I were starting a team, I think he would be one of the first players I’d pick. He had a fantastic year, he’s an MVP-type ballplayer, and he had a hand in the Pirates’ resurgence this year.

    That said, Yadier Molina should have been the MVP. His team struggled when he was injured then, when he returned to the lineup, went on to win 97 games this year. Molina is a “manager” on the field and guided the Cardinal pitching staff through an injury-plagued year. Molina is directly responsible for the outstanding performance of the 21, 22, and 23 year old pitchers on the Cardinal staff.

    Molina virtually shut opponents, running game down. Defensively, he’s the best Catcher in the game. Add to that his offense. He hit .319 this year while knocking in 80 runs. Unusual for a Catcher to put up great offensive numbers while catching so many games. Catching is hard on the legs and the legs effect a Catcher’s offense.

    Without Yadier Molina, the Cardinals don’t win the NL East in 2013. That’s the definition of an MVP.

    • sandwiches4ever - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      With Yadier Molina, the Cardinals don’t win the NL East in 2013.

    • dontask4trade - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Sorry Steve, but McCutchen had a hand, an arm, a leg, a neck, a spleen, a…. get it. without McCutchen, the Pirates finish no where near where they do in the NL CENTRAL. If you’re going to use the young and injured staff bit, look over at Martin and see what he did with the retreads, failures from other teams, and “never will be”s, to finish dead last players receiving votes.

      Please, I like Molina, but if you would swap Molina for Martin and McCutchen for Jay, where do these teams finish? That’s right, StL finishes in first with over 100 wins and Pgh fights Mil for third.

  19. otis52gsh - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Very well deserved.

  20. klingonj - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    On a trip last summer we stopped in for a Pirates game and my wife (a non baseball fan) commented “who is the guy in centerfield” as he made some great plays that day. This guy is going to be a star for years. Let him actually turn into an azz before you start calling him one. I think he will be a fan fave for years

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