Pirates' McCutchen 3rd in NL MVP voting
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen put together another MVP-caliber season in 2014, but Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had a season for ages.
One day after unanimously winning his third National League Cy Young Award, Kershaw on Thursday dethroned McCutchen as the NL's Most Valuable Player.
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who led the league with 37 home runs, finished second in the voting with 298 points and eight first-place votes.
McCutchen got 271 points, including four first-place votes.
“Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw on winning the 2014 National League MVP,” McCutchen said in a statement released via Twitter. “He had a legendary season and is very deserving of the award. It was an honor to have been a finalist for the award for the third consecutive year.
“There were some ups and downs throughout the year, and this season became a great test for me as a ballplayer.”
Despite a rib injury that sent him to the disabled list for the first time in his career, McCutchen posted final numbers that were in line with his MVP-winning performance in 2013.
McCutchen led the majors with a .401 on-base percentage and topped the NL with a .952 OPS. He finished third in the league with a .314 batting average and was tied for eighth with 25 home runs.
Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison finished ninth in the voting with 52 points. Catcher Russell Martin was 13th with 21 points.