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Hanrahan named team MVP

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Photo: Chaz Palla/Tribune-Review

Photo: Chaz Palla/Tribune-Review

Closer Joel Hanrahan today was named the Pirates’ 2011 MVP by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, which voted him the winner of the annual Roberto Clemente Award. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen and second baseman Neil Walker were the second- and third-leading vote-getters, respectively.

Hanrahan last summer racked up 40 saves in 44 chances with a 1.83 ERA and earned an All-Star berth. “I didn’t set any goals for myself last season; all my goals were team goals,” Hanrahan said. “But I think I proved to myself and everybody else around the league that I can do this job.” In 175 games with the Pirates, the right-hander has 46 saves, a 2.55 ERA and a 1.173 WHIP. That’s a sharp contrast to Hanrahan’s stats in 115 games with the Nationals from 2007-09 (14 saves, 5.30 ERA and 1.643 ERA). “I’ve been a different pitcher since I was traded to Pittsburgh,” he said.

The Pittsburgh BBWAA also named Walker the winner of the 2011 Chuck Tanner Award for accessible to and open with the media. Runners-up were righty Charlie Morton and Hanrahan.

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