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On location: National League MVP announcement

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to the National League MVP announcement …


Candidates: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks), Yadier Molina (Cardinals)

Time: 6:48 p.m.

Site: The announcement is being made at MLB Network’s studios in New York by Jack O’Connell, president of the Baseball Writers Association for America. McCutchen will be awaiting word at PNC Park.

TV: MLB Network

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel and I are on the scene. Also, watch for the former to appear on MLB Network just before the announcement.

I’ll post a video here as soon as possible, and I’ll have a Friday column on this topic.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.


  1. Go Cutch!!!!! Hopefully he wins. Couldn’t happen to a better person.

  2. Of course, I’m biased, but I think Andrew is the slam dunk choice.

    McCutchen is not a player that hangs out on the perimeter!

    • Seems like all the buzz was about Andrew getting it for the last month of the season. This Goldschmidt and Yadi talk only seems to be springing up in the past month. The voting ended with the conclusion of the regular season. I’d be very surprised if Cutch doesn’t get it.

  3. Both the Skipper and his star centerfielder decided to personally hear the outcome of their respective award decision at PNC.

    I think that’s pretty cool.

    • I wonder if that is normal?

      Hurdle lives in Pittsburgh year round, I think. Maybe Cutch does now, too.

      • Some go to the stadium and some don’t. Kershaw was at his house last night. Not sure what goes into the decision. Cutch will face reporters win or lose, I guess.

        I’m volunteering at my community’s Holiday Parade tonight so I will monitor events by checking this site!

  4. I just texted my 12 year old son to remind him to watch the announcement at 5:48 (Central).

    His response: “I’ll watch it. Molina better not win.”

  5. Just a general question:

    Has anyone seen if DK has been on Olbermann yet?

    DK, have you been on yet?

    And I sure hope they fix the background color of the blog soon………..

  6. As a crazy blood-n-guts Pirate fan who lives and dies every game, takes his vacation at Spring Training, and still memorizes Pirate box scores, I really hope Andrew McCutchen wins the National League MVP!!! He’s my Guy!!

    As a baseball fan, Paul Goldschmidt, with more Runs, more Homeruns (by 15), more RBIs (by 41!!), more walks, the same OB%, higher Slugging %, higher On base + Slugging %, more Total Bases, higher RISP average, 2 less 2B, 2 less 3B, and owner of the Gold Glove at his position (Cutch not in top 3) deserves the MVP more. Goldschmidt led the National League in RBIs, HRs, Slugging %, Total Bases, OPS, and nose hairs, with his Gold Glove.

    Both teams finished in 2nd Place in their division, although the Pirates did win more games.

    I love McCutch, but it’s difficult to think a 3-hole hitter who had only 84 RBIs and a RISP near the Mendoza Line can be the MVP.

    Head versus Heart!

  7. Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. Miggy is one of the worst fielders in baseball. Somebody please tell me what MVP stands for again?

    Somebody jumped the gun!

    WOO HOO !!!!!

  9. Cutch looks good.
    Well spoken interview on MLB channel about hitting the curve. Class guy.

    Groat, your numbers make a good case for Goldschmidt, and Cutches number aint too shabby, but I believe Cutch’s intangibles on a team that had not won in 20 years make him “most valuable” .

    Close call – 3 very candidates !

  10. Congrats Cutch. The “baddest dude in this league”.

  11. It is official!!!

    McCutchen wins!!!

  12. Now we can all agree that he’s the greatest Pirate of all time.

  13. He was playing call of duty with Miguel Cabrera before the announcement.

  14. “I would get up and dance, but don’t have room here, get off camera, probably will!” (not an exact quote but close enough) !! lol

    Well, I had enough room and did a little happy dance and did not even spill my beer! Congrats Cutch !!!

  15. Woo Hoo ! ! !

  16. Congratulations to Russell Martin for his 24th place finish in the NL MVP vote. Thanks to one 10th place vote by Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. He along with Derrick Goold of the same paper voted Molina 1st. The only 2 1st place votes McCutchen didn’t get.

  17. Congrats to Cutch !!!


  18. Here’s the link to the vote.

  19. In a landslide.

  20. Someone get an ambulance for Brian Kenny.

  21. A tweet from Dejan-

    “Those of you whining/agonizing/threatening over MVP votes: Get a life. Sincerely, Those of us who have one”

    I love it when he lets his inner elitist snob out.

    DK: Awards voting brings out the absolute worst of the anal-osity in baseball fans and media. Completely insufferable.

  22. Now the challenge for Cutch is to get two of those things

    I think he is the type of person that can and will do it.

    Someone once told me “Well you had a good day/week/season. Now you have to do it again tomorrow/Monday/2014.”

    IMO, from what I’ve seen from the Peanut Gallery, Cutch will use this to just keep growing

    • He gets better every year. They said on the MLB show that he’s won the vote of the players association as the best player in NL the last 2years. I probably read that at the time, but that’s still pretty darn impressive.

  23. Apparently Brian Kenny is resting comfortably & now breathing on his own.

  24. So, still black smoke from AJ’s chimney ?

    • He has a chimney?
      I thought he told it to STFD?

      • I’m betting, and you know what a horrible bettor I am, at least from Playoffs lines, not to mention those huge buildings in Vegas

        AJ meant what he said and said what he meant

        The sticky thing is one or two years

      • Back to our previous conversation, Thursday nights at CJ Barney’s ?

        • Nope, driving at night is getting tough ;-)

          • Tell me about it. I’m lucky I can do 1 night a week these days. I was talking to Plan about old Pitt days. CJ’s is a Dunkin Donuts now. How depressing.

            • Never really much of a CJ’s fan, I used to do Mitchell’s in North Oakland, or Peter’s or Zelda’s on campus.

              Good Lord, the vast amounts of alcohol that could be consumed for little $$$ back then. Astounding.

              Of course, the “O” was good for food and booze also.
              And, Goerge Aiken’s chicken. Which is now porobably a Starbucks…………

              • We still make a Hemingway’s run every summer when it’s quiet down there. Great burgers & cheap beer.

                Happy Hippo Birthday Plan.

              • Thanks Milo.
                Appreciate that from you.

                And thank you for the trip back down memory lane.
                I havent been on campus in 7 years, and I miss it sometimes.

              • I was just at the basketball game Tuesday. And it was cold walking to the car.

        • Absolutely!

  25. Get a life. And remember not to boo David Wright

  26. Goodnight all, good tidings.

    A good day for a couple of reasons, one being I saw and cheered for the NL MVP

    Hope we can all lighten up and enjoy the day

  27. The greatest Steelers receiver of all time;
    1. Swann
    2. Stallworth
    3. Ward
    4. Buddy Dial
    5. Lipps
    Too early on Brown.
    Congrats to Cutch. Next year, WS ring.

  28. Andrew Mccutchen on the award

    Words cannot describe how overjoyed I am at winning the National League MVP this year. It is truly an honor to be able to represent this franchise and the city of Pittsburgh with this award. I want to thank my teammates and coaches, the organization, and Pirates fans everywhere for the amazing support I have received this past year. Awards such as the MVP only come with great teamwork and leadership. That is evidenced by Clint Hurdle winning Manager of the Year as well. While I will savor this award forever, this only makes me more hungry to bring a World Series championship back to Pittsburgh. It is my promise that I will continue to work hard to improve on and off the field, and I hope I can provide a positive example for youth everywhere.

  29. Congrats to Cutch. Well deserved. But as good as he is on the field, I think he is even better off of it. A supremely classy individual. Very proud to have him represent our Buccos! M. V. P.

  30. Happy birthday to another guy who is extremely classy in or out of the pond, The Plan is Working. HBD my hippo friend. Many more, and thanks for your community work. So awesome!

  31. “anal-osity”

    There you go, ripping off Shakespeare again.

    Blog word of the year finalist.

    DK: Thou art verily welcome.

  32. Fortunately Cook and Smizek didn’t have a vote. No question they would have voted for Jason White as a write in.

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