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How do the top center fielders in Major League Baseball stack up? That question has been answered by our experts in the latest installment of the "Baseball Tonight" 100 (#BBTN100), a project to rank the top players across all 30 teams. We'll reveal a new position each day and unveil the overall 1-100 rankings March 27.

Do you agree with the experts' take on center fielders? Simply click on the images of the top 10 below to submit your ballot.

Rank: #BBTN100 Center Fielders

Michael Bourn

Michael Bourn

Cleveland Indians
BBTN Rank: 9

Coco Crisp

Coco Crisp

Oakland A's
BBTN Rank: 7

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury

New York Yankees
BBTN Rank: 3

Dexter Fowler

Dexter Fowler

Houston Astros
BBTN Rank: 10

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Milwaukee Brewers
BBTN Rank: 4

Austin Jackson

Austin Jackson

Detroit Tigers
BBTN Rank: 8

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Baltimore Orioles
BBTN Rank: 5

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp

Los Angeles Dodgers
BBTN Rank: 6

Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen

Pittsburgh Pirates
BBTN Rank: 2

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

Los Angeles Angels
BBTN Rank: 1

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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?


AL MVP?

Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.

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NL MVP?

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).

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Who's No. 1?

Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?

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Who gets your MVP votes?

The narratives surrounding the MLB MVP races this year are compelling. In the AL, the past and future collide as Miguel Cabrera once again takes on Mike Trout for the title, while in the NL, Andrew McCutchen tries to become the first Pirates MVP since Barry Bonds in 1992. Our experts gave their choices the American League and National League MVP awards. Do you agree? Cast your votes now!

  • Who gets your vote for American League MVP?

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      68%
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      12%
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      16%
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      4%

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  • Who gets your vote for National League MVP?

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      12%
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      59%
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      21%
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      8%

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Will the Pirates bounce back?

Ouch. For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, dropping a 2-1 series lead to the St. Louis Cardinals has to hurt, no matter how long they've waited just to taste the postseason again. On the other hand, the Buccos did snap that decades-long run of futility with ease, winning 94 games, beating the Cincinnati Reds in the wild-card game, and coming thisclose to taking down a division rival. What to make of it all? Is this just the beginning?

How would you characterize the 2013 season for the Pirates?

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    81%
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    19%

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  • How would you feel right now if you were a Pirates fan?

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      72%
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      28%

    Discuss (Total votes: 33,974)

  • How much of an effect will the 2013 season, including the ending, have on the Pirates' confidence going forward?

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      70%
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  • How do you rank Andrew McCutchen among baseball's best players?

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      6%
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      52%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 6,651)

  • Who is the Pirates' best player besides Andrew McCutchen?

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      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 6,478)

  • How many games will the Pirates win in 2014?

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      10%
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      61%
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      29%

    Discuss (Total votes: 32,569)

  • How far will the Pirates go in 2014?

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      35%
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Cardinals thrash Pirates in Game 1

That warm feeling emanating from Pittsburgh, following the Pirates' big wild-card win over the Cincinnati Reds? Cooled. That'll happen when you allow the St. Louis Cardinals to score seven runs in the third inning, en route to a 9-1 loss in Game 1 of their National League Division Series showdown. Will the Pirates be able to recover?

  • Will the Pirates recover mentally from their 9-1 loss to the Cardinals in Game 1?

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      60%
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      40%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,754)

  • Who is more to blame for the Pirates allowing seven runs in the third inning of Game 1?

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      25%
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      75%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,945)

  • Which team will win the Pirates-Cardinals series?

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      58%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 189,274)

  • How will the Pirates-Cardinals series be decided?

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      34%
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    Discuss (Total votes: 77,832)

  • Are you rooting for the Pirates to win the World Series?

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      53%
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      47%

    Discuss (Total votes: 216,269)

  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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      17%
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      22%
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      34%
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      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 75,592)

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