The Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) is an Yearly Major League Baseball (MLB) award given to one outstanding player in the American League and one in the National League.
Since 1931, it’s been given by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). The winners receive the Kenesaw Mountain Landis Memorial Baseball Award, which became the official title of this award in 1944, in honour of their initial MLB commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who served from 1920 until his death on November 25, 1944.
MVP voting takes place before the postseason, but the results aren’t declared until after the World Series. The BBWAA began by polling three writers in each league town in 1938, reducing the number to 2 per league town in 1961. The BBWAA does not offer a clear-cut definition of exactly what»most valuable» means, rather leaving the judgment to the Republicans.
First basemen, together with 34 winners, have won the maximum MVPs one of infielders, followed by second basemen (16), third basemen (15), and shortstops (15). Of the 25 pitchers who have won the award, 15 are right-handed while 10 are left handed. Walter Johnson, Carl Hubbell, and Hal Newhouser would be the only pitchers who have won several times, Newhouser winning in 1944 and 1945.
Hank Greenberg, Stan Musial, Alex Rodriguez, and Robin Yount have won at unique places, while Rodriguez is the only participant who has won the award with two distinct teams at two distinct positions. Barry Bonds has won the most frequently (seven times) and the most consecutively (four: 2001–04). Jimmie Foxx was the first player to win numerous occasions; 9 players have won three occasions, and 19 have won twice. Frank Robinson is the only player to win the award in both the American and National Leagues.
The award’s only tie occurred in the National League in 1979, when Keith Hernandez and Willie Stargell received an equivalent number of things. There have been 18 unanimous winners, who received all of the first-place votes. The New York Yankees have the most winning players with 22, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals with 17 winners. The award has never been presented to a member of the following three teams: Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, along with Tampa Bay Rays.
In recent decades, pitchers have won the award. When Justin Verlander won the AL award in 2011, he became the first pitcher in either league to be named the MVP since Dennis Eckersley in 1992. Verlander also became the first starting pitcher to win this award since Roger Clemens accomplished the feat in 1986. The National League went longer with no MVP award for a pitcher. Following Bob Gibson won in 1968, no pitcher in that league was called MVP until Clayton Kershaw in 2014
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