Awards Week: Most Valuable Player

The Baseball Writer’s Association of America announced the 2012 Most Valuable Players on Thursday night.

The National League winner is Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants.

Posey, 25, led the World Series Champions with 24 homers and 103 RBI. He also led the league with a .336 batting average. He beat out Ryan Braun, Pittsburgh’s own Andrew McCutchen, Yadier Molina, and Chase Headley. Posey was the favorite to win, although arguments could be made for the other finalists.

A statement from Cutch: “It was honor just to be nominated for National League MVP this season, along with some of MLB’s best players. I want to congratulate Buster Posey on an amazing season. I believe being an MVP finalist shows true improvement both from myself and the Pirates organization.”

The American League winner is Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers.

In a very debatable race, Cabrera narrowly edged out Mike Trout of the Angels. A Tiger takes home the MVP for the second consecutive year, as Justin Verlander won in 2011. Miggy won the Triple Crown and led Detroit to the World Series. It appears that winning as a team is still important to voters, as the Tigers were more successful than the Angels in the long run. Trout had an unreal season, but won’t be leaving empty-handed — he won the Rookie of the Year award earlier in the week.

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McCutchen ranked among top batting leaders

Despite hitting just .240 in his last 50 games of the season, Andrew McCutchen still ranked near the top of all MLB batting categories. Here’s a look:

– 2nd in Offensive WAR (7.5)
– 3rd in batting average (.327)
– 5th in on-base percentage (.400)
– 8th in slugging percentage (.553)
– 7th in OPS (.953)
– 4th in runs scored (107)
– 4th in hits (194)
– 5th in total bases (328)
– 10th in singles (128)
– 4th in adjusted OPS+ (134)
– 4th in runs created (132)
– 3rd-most times on base (269)
– 6th-highest Power-Speed Number (24.3)

Cutch impressively ranked second in offensive wins above replacement, which put him between Mike Trout (8.6) and Miguel Cabrera (7.4). He beat out Cabrera, the American League Triple Crown winner, by 0.1. Trout and Cabrera will be an interesting race for AL MVP. McCutchen is mixed in with some of the National League’s top talent, including Buster Posey, Ryan Braun, Joey Votto, and Yadier Molina.

Keep in mind that Cutch performed at this level while earning just $500,000, which has to be the best value in MLB. His new contract kicks in next season; he’ll make $4.5 million in 2013, which is still quite a bargain.