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McCutchen, Cabrera IBWAA MVPs

The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) announced its final 2013 awards on Thursday, naming Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera as MVPs of their leagues.

McCutchen hit .317 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs as he helped the Pirates to their first winning record and first playoff appearance since 1992. His numbers were actually dwarfed by Paul Goldschmidt, who led the National League in home runs and RBIs with 36 and 125, respectively, and hit .302. He finished second as many writers insist on voting for players from winning teams. I do not subscribe to that MVP theory so I voted for Goldschmidt.

Over in the American League, the IBWAA writers once again shut up the sabermetrics crowd by voting for Cabrera over Mike Trout. Cabrera arguably had a better season than when he won the Triple Crown in 2012, hitting 44 homers, driving in 137 runs and leading the league in batting at .348. Trout finished second and Chris Davis, who led the league in homers and RBIs, was third. I voted for Cabrera for MVP.

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