The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America Thursday afternoon released its voting for Most Valuable Player in the National and American Leagues for 2014. Once again, neither winner is too much of a surprise, though I suppose the N.L. vote was a bit up for grabs. Here are the top 10 places in each league and the results of the balloting.
National League MVP
1st Place: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers – 1762 points
2nd Place: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins – 1430
3rd Place: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates – 1365
4th Place: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants – 769
5th Place: Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers – 758
6th Place: Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals – 619
7th Place: Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates – 286
8th Place: Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers – 246
9th Place: Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers – 241
10th Place: Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers – 224
American League MVP
1st Place: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 2141 points
2nd Place: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers – 927
3rd Place: Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians – 726
4th Place: Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox – 658
5th Place: Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners – 597
6th Place: Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics – 583
7th Place: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros – 560
8th Place: Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays – 533
9th Place: Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles – 447
10th Place: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – 437
Trout received 145 first-place votes (91.77%) while being named on all 158 ballots. Others to garner first-place votes include Victor Martinez (5), Jose Altuve (3), Jose Abreu (2), Miguel Cabrera (1), Robinson Cano (1), Nelson Cruz (1) and Alex Gordon (1).
Kershaw received 105 first-place votes (66.04%) while being named on 141 ballots (88.68%). Giancarlo Stanton received 26 first-place votes (16.35%) and was named on 157 ballots (98.74%). Others receiving first-place votes include Andrew McCutchen (24), Justin Upton (2), Jonathan Lucroy (1) and Justin Morneau (1).
N.L.: Kershaw, Lucroy, Stanton, McCutchen, Harrison, Posey, Jason Heyward, Adam Wainwright, Rendon, Anthony Rizzo
A.L.: Trout, Donaldson, Felix Hernandez, Brantley, Chris Sale, Altuve, Alex Gordon, Cano, Adrian Beltre, Steve Pearce
In a year when a pitcher won one of these awards, I put a bit more stock in pitching, placing three other starting pitchers on my ballot. Perhaps Rizzo was a bit of a homer pick, but his numbers were very, very solid, and I think a case can be made that he was the 10th-best player in the league in 2014.
It's sobering that Josh Harrison, who was essentially a throw-in to the 2009 deal in which the Cubs sent Jose Ascanio and Kevin Hart to the Pirates for Tom Gorzelanny and John Grabow, is now one of the better players in the National League. Credit that to good scouting on the part of the Pirates.
The BBWAA MVP awards will be announced in a live show on MLB Network starting at 5 p.m. CT today. Feel free to use this post to discuss those awards, as well as these.