Clayton Kershaw wins NL MVP
Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League Most Valuable Player award
in nearly a half-century, coasting to an easy victory Thursday.
Kershaw, who also took home the NL Cy Young award for the third time Wednesday, is the first NL
pitcher to sweep both awards since Bob Gibson in 1968.
The Dodgers ace beat out Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew
McCutchen for the honor announced Thursday. Kershaw got 18 of 30 first-place votes and 355
points in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Mike Trout wins AL MVP
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the unanimous 2014 American League MVP
on Thursday night.
Trout finished second in MVP voting both of his first two seasons, losing to Detroit's Miguel
Cabrera. He joins Mickey Mantle as the only players who finished as MVP runner-up in consecutive
seasons before winning in the following season.
Detroit Tigers slugger Victor Martinez and Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley finished
[a distant] second and third, respectively.
Keuchel wins AL Cy Young Award
Dallas Keuchel won an American League-best 20 games and notched one last victory
in 2015 by collecting the AL Cy Young award.
Keuchel got 22 first-place votes for 186 points from the Baseball Writers' Association
of America in results announced Wednesday. Toronto's David Price finished second,
drawing eight first-place votes and 143 points. Oakland's Sonny Gray finished third.
Jake Arrieta beats out Dodgers' duo for NL Cy Young Award
Bolstered by a historic second half, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta won the National League
Cy Young Award on Wednesday after going 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA in 2015.
Arrieta, 29, overtook early favorite Zack Greinke, winning his final 13 starts. His only post-All-Star
break defeat came when the Cubs were no-hit by the Philadelphia Phillies in late July. Arrieta
went 14-1 with a 0.75 ERA over the final three months, the lowest second-half ERA in history for
a starting pitcher (minimum 12 starts).
Donaldson named American League MVP
Josh Donaldson was named the American League's Most Valuable Player on Thursday,
becoming the first member of the Toronto Blue Jays to win the MVP in nearly 30 years.
Acquired in an offseason trade with the Oakland Athletics, Donaldson was a spark plug
for Toronto's potent offensive attack. The Blue Jays led the majors in a myriad of
offensive categories including runs scored (891), home runs (232), doubles (308), total
bases (2,518) and RBIs (852).
A fifth-year third baseman, Donaldson led the AL in RBIs with 123 and was third in the
AL in home runs (41). His 8.8 WAR was the third-best in the majors.
Harper reels in NL MVP
Bryce Harper's monster regular season has made him the youngest unanimous
MVP in baseball history.
Harper beat out fellow finalists Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks
and Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds for the award. He tallied 420 points to
finish 186 points ahead of Goldschmidt, who finished second.
In garnering all 30 first-place votes, Harper became just the seventh unanimous
MVP in National League history.
I'd personally give it to Hendricks)
Scherzer was named NL Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday, garnering 25 of the 30 first-place votes.