2014 Leaders & Numbers

After two years of runner-up MVP play to Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout finally grabbed the official honor as the AL’s best. Andrew McCutchen felt the pain of the bulls-eye on his back as pitchers often zeroed in on him, but that didn’t stop him from steering the Pirates to their second straight playoff appearance. Giancarlo Stanton hit more homers over 450 feet than any other team before his year was cruelly cut short by a fastball to the face. First-year Cuban émigré Jose Abreu was more than just a bruising slugger; he fashioned together two separate hit streaks of over 20 games. Nelson Cruz took a one-year offer that was nearly half that of the qualifying one he refused from Texas—and proved he was better than both. Anthony Rendon emerged as the unsung hero of the Nationals’ superlative regular season campaign. Clayton Kershaw became the first NL pitcher to win a MVP in nearly 50 years with his fourth straight NL ERA title. Felix Hernandez grabbed the AL crown when four runs given up in his penultimate start were reclassified as unearned after a scoring review. The Cy Young Award still went to Corey Kluber, who exploded on the scene with a fiery second-half performance. After being denied a 20th win two years earlier, Johnny Cueto took matters into his own hands and reached the milestone with a game-winning hit in his last start. Jordan Zimmermann’s final outing was even better, no-hitting Miami on the season’s last day. Before a brutal late-summer knee injury, Garrett Richards finally gave the Angels badly needed rotation depth.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2014
Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh 146 .314 548 89 172 38 6 25 83 76 8 10 18 3 9
2. Giancarlo Stanton Miami 145 .288 539 89 155 31 1 37 105 70 24 3 13 1 16
3. Anthony Rendon Washington 153 .287 613 111 176 39 6 21 83 56 2 5 17 3 11
4. Anthony Rizzo Chicago 140 .286 524 89 150 28 1 32 78 66 7 15 5 4 8
5. Carlos Gomez Milwaukee 148 .284 574 95 163 34 4 23 73 47 0 19 34 12 10
6. Paul Goldschmidt Arizona 109 .300 406 75 122 39 1 19 69 54 10 2 9 3 10
7. Corey Dickerson Colorado 131 .312 436 74 136 27 6 24 76 31 6 1 8 7 6
8. Freddie Freeman Atlanta 162 .288 607 93 175 43 4 18 78 86 4 8 3 4 18
9. Yasiel Puig Los Angeles 148 .296 558 92 165 37 9 16 69 64 3 12 11 7 7
10. Jayson Werth Washington 147 .292 534 85 156 37 1 16 82 80 3 9 9 1 9
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2014
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Mike Trout L.A. of Anaheim 157 .287 602 115 173 39 9 36 111 77 6 10 16 2 6
2. Victor Martinez Detroit 151 .335 561 87 188 33 0 32 103 42 28 4 3 2 17
3. Michael Brantley Cleveland 156 .327 611 94 200 45 2 20 97 48 4 8 23 1 8
4. Jose Abreu Chicago 145 .317 556 80 176 35 2 36 107 36 15 11 3 1 14
5. Jose Bautista Toronto 155 .286 553 101 158 27 0 35 103 93 11 9 6 2 18
6. Miguel Cabrera Detroit 159 .313 611 101 191 52 1 25 109 50 10 3 1 1 21
7. Nelson Cruz Baltimore 159 .271 613 87 166 32 2 40 108 47 8 5 4 5 17
8. Jose Altuve Houston 158 .341 660 85 225 47 3 7 59 29 7 5 56 9 20
9. Edwin Encarnacion Toronto 128 .268 477 75 128 27 2 34 98 56 6 2 2 0 18
10. Robinson Cano Seattle 157 .314 595 77 187 37 2 14 82 41 20 6 10 3 19
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2014
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles 1.77 21 3 .875 0 0 27 27 198.1 205 39 29 2 7 2 2 5 8 15
2. Adam Wainwright St. Louis 2.38 20 9 .690 0 0 32 32 227 257 60 45 5 4 7 1 6 2 24
3. Johnny Cueto Cincinnati 2.25 20 9 .690 0 0 34 34 243.2 273 61 63 2 1 15 1 6 10 13
4. Jordan Zimmermann Washington 2.66 14 5 .737 0 0 32 32 199.2 268 59 29 0 4 6 0 3 4 11
5. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco 2.98 18 10 .643 0 0 33 33 217.1 301 72 40 3 4 6 1 7 16 18
6. Jake Arrieta Chicago 2.53 10 5 .667 0 0 25 25 156.2 155 44 39 2 8 3 0 24 5 9
7. Francisco Rodriguez Milwaukee 3.04 5 5 .500 44 5 69 0 68 97 23 17 1 0 1 0 7 1 3
8. Tanner Roark Washington 2.85 15 10 .600 0 0 31 31 198.2 262 63 38 1 0 6 0 8 6 17
9. Zack Greinke Los Angeles 2.71 17 8 .680 0 0 32 32 202.1 287 61 40 3 12 2 0 6 2 20
10. Doug Fister Washington 2.41 16 6 .727 0 0 25 25 164 233 44 24 0 5 7 0 0 2 16
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2014
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Felix Hernandez Seattle 2.14 15 6 .714 0 0 34 34 236 258 56 45 1 18 5 0 20 6 12
2. Corey Kluber Cleveland 2.44 18 9 .667 0 0 34 34 235.2 306 64 48 3 3 6 0 8 9 16
3. Chris Sale Chicago 2.17 12 4 .750 0 0 26 26 174 192 42 37 2 3 11 0 4 5 13
4. Jon Lester Boston-Oakland 2.46 16 11 .593 0 0 32 32 219.2 291 60 48 0 3 5 0 16 5 21
5. Zach Britton Baltimore 1.65 3 2 .600 37 4 71 0 76.1 65 14 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 13
6. Garrett Richards L.A. of Anaheim 2.61 13 4 .765 0 0 26 26 168.2 161 49 50 1 22 7 1 10 3 8
7. Greg Holland Kansas City 1.44 1 3 .250 46 2 65 0 62.1 37 10 20 0 9 0 0 3 2 2
8. Max Scherzer Detroit 3.15 18 5 .783 0 0 33 33 220.1 303 77 62 1 10 6 1 13 10 15
9. Dallas Keuchel Houston 2.93 12 9 .571 0 0 29 29 200 262 65 46 2 7 7 0 1 3 36
10. David Price Tampa Bay-Detroit 3.26 15 12 .556 0 0 34 34 248.1 360 90 37 1 2 5 0 12 6 12

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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2014 Awards


NL MVP
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles

AL MVP
Mike Trout, Los Angeles of Anaheim


NL Cy Young Award
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles

AL Cy Young Award
Corey Kluber, Cleveland


NL Rookie of the Year
Jacob DeGrom, New York

AL Rookie of the Year
Jose Abreu, Chicago


NL Manager of the Year
Matt Williams, Washington

AL Manager of the Year
Buck Showalter, Baltimore


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Zack Greinke, Los Angeles
C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles
2B DJ LeMahieu, Colorado
3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado
SS Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta
OF Christian Yelich, Miami
OF Juan Lagares, New York
OF Jason Heyward, Atlanta

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Dallas Keuchel, Houston
C Salvador Perez, Kansas City
1B Eric Hosmer, Kansas City
2B Dustin Pedroia, Boston
3B Kyle Seager, Seattle
SS J.J. Hardy, Baltimore
OF Alex Gordon, Kansas City
OF Nick Markakis, Baltimore
OF Adam Jones, Baltimore