Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen coasted Thursday to the National League Most Valuable Player award.
McCutchen won the honor by a surprisingly wide margin after leading a baseball revival in Pittsburgh. He drew 28 of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Third in MVP voting last season, McCutchen got 409 points. Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, a Texas State product, finished second with 242. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina received the other two first-place votes and came in third.
Former TCU standout Matt Carpenter of St. Louis finished fourth in the voting. UT Arlington and Arlington High product Hunter Pence was 16th.
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McCutchen juked a sort of stationary shimmy when his name was announced on MLB Network.
“If I could get up and dance right now I would, but I don’t have much room to do that,” he said. “When I get off camera, I probably will.”
McCutchen, 27, ranked among the NL leaders by hitting .317 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs. He also scored 97 runs, stole 27 bases and had a .404 on-base percentage.
He helped the Pirates make the playoffs for the first time since 1992.