1. Miguel Cabrera, 3B – Tigers
I went into detail regarding the Cabrera vs. Mike Trout MVP battle here over two weeks ago. Mike Trout’s defense and speed helped him increase his lead in Wins Above Replacement. The all-around game also benefited Josh Donaldson and Robinson Cano. I’m not punishing Cabrera because he doesn’t have any range and can’t run. That’s not what he’s there to do and the MVP award is not the WAR award, nor is it given to the player who can do the most “things.”
Cabrera won the batting title, led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage, slugging, OPS and OPS+.The only thing that prevented him winning his second consecutive triple crown was Chris Davis hitting 53 homers to Cabrera’s 44 and having one more RBI. Trout supporters are going to have to start planning a new strategy for 2014 because condescending disappointment didn’t work last year and the “WOW!!!” promotional ploy won’t work this year. Cabrera’s the AL MVP. Again.
2. Mike Trout, OF – Angels
3. Josh Donaldson, 3B - Athletics
4. Chris Davis, 1B - Orioles
5. Robinson Cano, 2B – Yankees
National League MVP
1. Andrew McCutchen, CF – Pirates
A key to the Pirates’ turnaround from annually horrific to 94 win playoff team is McCutchen. He hitshomers, steals bases, plays great defense in center field and has emerged as a young team leader.
2. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B – Diamondbacks
3. Clayton Kershaw, LHP – Dodgers
4. Joey Votto, 1B – Reds
5. Matt Carpenter, 2B – Cardinals
American League Cy Young Award
1. Max Scherzer – Tigers
I’m not interested in his run support and how he was pitching for a team with a big lead in their division. Scherzer stepped into the breach left with Justin Verlander having a poor year and took over as the Tigers’ number one starter.
2. Yu Darvish – Rangers
3. Greg Holland – Royals
3. Hisashi Iwakuma – Mariners
5. Chris Sale – White Sox
National League Cy Young Award
1. Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers
Kershaw is turning into a machine. He’s won the ERA title three straight years. Every year the innings, strikeouts and wins go up on the board. At mid-season, when the Dodgers were in disarray, ravaged by injuries and rife with dysfunction, the one constant they had was Kershaw. He kept the team afloat until they got their act together.
2. Adam Wainwright – Cardinals
3. Cliff Lee – Phillies
4. Jose Fernandez – Marlins
5. Matt Harvey – Mets
American League Rookie of the Year
1. Wil Myers, OF/DH – Rays
Myers endured a dreadful slump in August, but still showed that the hype was real. In 87 games with the Rays, he hit 13 homers – to all fields – and posted an .835 OPS.
2. Jose Iglesias, SS – Red Sox/Tigers
3. Dan Straily, RHP – Athletics
4. Oswaldo Arcia, OF – Twins
5. J.B. Shuck, OF – Angels