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For the second straight year, traditional numbers beat out advanced metrics on the American League Most Valuable Player ballot, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera receiving the award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The scrape played out differently in the National League, where the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen -- he of better modern numbers (but also more team wins) -- beat Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Do you agree with the picks?
Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.
Andrew McCutchen won the WAR with Paul Goldschmidt, but didn't slug as well (the latter had a 36-21 edge in homers and 125-84 in RBIs).
Who's No. 1?
Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?
The Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer won the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. In the NL, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw took the honor. Neither is a big surprise, though, as each had a stellar season while leading his team to a division title.
Can you name the previous 10 recipients in both leagues? We'll give you a hint: One of Wednesday's winners is not a first-timer.More games from ESPN Arcade »
Yasiel Puig took MLB by storm in 2013 -- and wasn't even voted best rookie in his league. That honor went Monday to Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins ace who went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts, and received 26 of 30 first-place votes. The American League, strangely, saw its top votes more divided, with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers (.293/.354/.478, 13 HR in 88 games) taking 23 of 30 first-place votes to beat out fellow finalists Jose Iglesias and Chris Archer. What do you make of the picks? What does the future hold for these honorees and finalists?
Best in NL?
Puig posted a .319/.391/.534 line, but his performance tailed off late in the season.
Best in AL?
Myers went up against a defensive shortstop (Iglesias) and a starting pitcher (Archer).
Myers and Puig are 22, while Fernandez is just 21. But pitchers aren't always durable ...