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.
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.