Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera both coasted Thursday to Most Valuable Player awards.
McCutchen won the National League 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.
‘‘If I could get up and dance right now I would, but I don’t have much room to do that,’’ McCutchen said. ‘‘When I get off camera, I probably will.’’
Cabrera took the AL prize for the second straight year, once again winning by a comfortable gap over Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
A season after posting the majors’ first Triple Crown in 45 years, Cabrera came back to lead baseball in hitting at .348 and finish second with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs.
Cabrera got 23 of 30 first-place votes, becoming the first to win consecutive AL MVPs since Frank Thomas for the White Sox in 1993 and 1994.
‘‘This is unbelievable,’’ Cabrera said. ‘‘I'm so excited right now.’’
McCutchen 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.
McCutchen, third in MVP balloting last season, got 409 points. Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finished second with 242, while St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina received the other two first-place votes and came in third.
Goldschmidt hit .302 with 36 homers and 125 RBIs. Molina batted .319 with 12 homers and 80 RBIs.
Trout got five first-place votes and came in second, 103 points behind Cabrera, who won his third straight AL batting title. Baltimore’s Chris Davis, who had 53 homers and 138 RBIs, was third.
A-Rod interview off
Alex Rodriguez’s scheduled investigatory interview with Major League Baseball was called off because the Yankees third baseman is feeling ill, according to a person familiar with the process. Rodriguez is in California with flu-like symptoms and was unable to fly to New York for Friday’s session. MLB has been expected to assert that Rodriguez should not be allowed to testify at his grievance if he first refused to answer MLB’s questions at the investigatory interview . . . Major League Baseball is withdrawing its proposal for a new bidding system with Japan. MLB’s proposal had called for a player’s price to be determined at a figure between the top and No. 2 bids, and would have added a penalty fee of 2.5 percent of that figure if the club with the winning bid failed to sign the player. Without an agreement, Japanese players would not be able to sign until they had nine years of service time . . . Ray Davis has been given unanimous approval by MLB’s owners to succeed Nolan Ryan as the controlling owner of the Rangers. Ryan resigned last month .