Nov 15 5:32a
McCutchen was named National League MVP on Thursday, MLB.com reports.
McCutchen drew 28 of the 30 first-place votes; the St. Louis-based writers gave the two other first-place nods Yadier Molina, who finished third. Paul Goldschmidt finished second. McCutchen batted .317 with 21 home runs, 27 stolen bases, 84 RBI and scored 97 runs, leading the Pirates to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years. His 84 RBI are the fewest for an NL MVP (in a full season) since Kirk Gibson - saluted as a similar driving force on the Dodgers - earned the 1988 award after a 76-RBI campaign. McCutchen is the seventh player in franchise history to earn an MVP Award, a list that began with Paul Waner in 1927. Subsequent winners have been Dick Groat (1960), Roberto Clemente (1966), Dave Parker (1978), Willie Stargell (1979, co-winner with Keith Hernandez) and Bonds (1990, '92).