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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, recently, 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 country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Nate83 says:

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

  2. JohninOshkosh says:

    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!

  3. Jim S. says:

    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.

  4. JohninOshkosh says:

    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.

  5. Jim S. says:

    I wonder if that is normal?

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

  6. Jim S. says:

    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.”

  7. theplanisworking says:

    Good Boy.

    Also, no Indian pudding left.

    Cutch better win it, but Huntington was a slam dunk, and he lost his award. I am afraid Goldschmidts numbers, or Molina’s “Cardinal Mystique” will steal the award.

  8. JohninOshkosh says:

    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!

  9. Jim S. says:

    Passing on good vibes for Cutch!

    Save me some pudding next year.

  10. JohninOshkosh says:

    Happy Birthday, Man with the Plan!

  11. Jim S. says:

    Maybe Cutch likes his chances if he wants to go down to the stadium.

  12. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Oshie. Much appreciated.

    You are a good man for volunteering. More people need to do that, even if it is something small. Stay warm!

  13. Jim S. says:

    HB, plan!! Many more!

  14. Jim S. says:

    Osh, that’s kind of early for a holiday parade, no? Is that for Thanksgiving/Christmas? Or, Veteran’s Day?

  15. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Jim!

    I only want more birthdays if I can get more Indian pudding! ;)

  16. Jim S. says:

    You said it, Nate!

  17. JohninOshkosh says:

    It’s our town’s mini version of Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night!

    It’s like the opening scene in “A Christmas Story”!

  18. Oshkosh b’Gosh,

    Take a picture of the Leg Lamp in the window for me!

    It’s Italian———Fra—gi—le!!

  19. theplanisworking says:

    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………..

  20. 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!

  21. david s says:

    with cutch (and molina as well) it’s not all about offense. consider what cutch does for the pirates in centerfield. consider where the pirates would have been this past season without him.

  22. pattonbb says:

    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?

  23. Goliath’s Friend,

    Paul Goldschmidt won a Gold Glove. Andrrew McCutchen did not.

  24. pattonbb says:

    Gold glove at 1b. Even Adam LaRoche can do that.

  25. theplanisworking says:

    Billy Groat…………….

    Without Cutch, the Pirates dont win 94 games and make the playoffs. They dont win 81 games. He is one of the only, if not the only bat in the lineup. If that isnt the true definition of an MVP, I got nothing else for ya………..

    Go Dook!

  26. theplanisworking says:

    No, I am not slighting Pedro, either.

  27. theplanisworking says:

    Somebody jumped the gun!

    WOO HOO !!!!!

  28. Pucknutz says:

    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 !

  29. pattonbb says:

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

  30. Dom says:

    It is official!!!

    McCutchen wins!!!

  31. theplanisworking says:

    28 of 30 1st place votes!

    Who is the idiot that voted Cutch 3rd?

    This is great news, and well deserved.

  32. Dom says:

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

  33. Bizrow says:

    That is just wonderful, and well deserved.

    Now I want the WS Champ flag raised over PNC

  34. Domske! Domske!! Domske!!!


  35. theplanisworking says:


  36. theplanisworking says:

    Havent you said Fleury is the greatest Penguin of all-time also? ;)

  37. Dom says:

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

  38. General,

    3 guys win Gold Gloves in the outfield. McCutch did not even finish in the top 3.

  39. I think Antonio Brown is the greatest Steeler wide receiver of all time.

  40. Pucknutz says:

    “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 !!!

  41. Arriba Wilver says:

    Woo Hoo ! ! !

  42. Milo Hamilton says:

    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.

  43. JoeyBats says:

    Congrats to Cutch !!!


  44. Milo Hamilton says:

    The same Rick Hummel I referenced below. Molina 1st & Matt Carpenter 2nd.

  45. Milo Hamilton says:

    Here’s the link to the vote.

  46. Dom says:

    A valid candidate but I have to go with Lynn Swann.

  47. Arriba Wilver says:

    In a landslide.

  48. pattonbb says:

    Dwight Stone

  49. theplanisworking says:

    Good stuff, Milo.

    Shame their votes didnt amount to anything.
    Best player won, and won convincingly.

  50. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks, milo.
    I guess there is one in every crowd.

  51. theplanisworking says:

    Lorenzo Freeman.

  52. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Reverend.
    Much appreciated.

  53. Dom says:

    Stone or Freeman wouldn’t be in my top five.

    I’d go with
    5) Louis Lipps
    4) Stallworth
    3) Sweed
    2) Swann
    1) Hines

  54. Milo Hamilton says:

    Lynn Swann wasn’t even the best receiver on his team. But I digress.

  55. Milo Hamilton says:

    I met Lorenzo Freeman. He made 3 of me.

  56. Milo Hamilton says:

    Someone get an ambulance for Brian Kenny.

  57. Milo Hamilton says:

    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.

  58. When he vehemently insisted yesterday that Max Scherzer should only finish 3rd in Cy Young because 21 – 3 doesn’t matter, I turned off the TV.

  59. But remember . . . . . . Dejan doesn’t root for anybody . . . . . . he gave that up when he started writing sports.

    Yo Mama!

  60. Bizrow says:

    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

  61. Pucknutz says:

    “Rob Biertempfel and I are on the scene” DK
    Wonder where exactly the scene is?
    Cutch looked to be at PNC – no Starbucks there – is there?
    Jaggin ya DK! lol

  62. theplanisworking says:

    he roomed in the dorm room next to mine, with Keith Tinsley. Freemans nickname was “foot”, due to, well big feet.
    Nice guy.

  63. Milo Hamilton says:

    Did you play or were you just a “student” like me ?

  64. Arriba Wilver says:

    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.

  65. Pucknutz says:

    Ya, Ya, Ya, DK is a pro, don’t root for nuttin, —- bettin the hidden little yinzer in him did a small happy dance deep in the caffeine soaked professional grey matter! :)

    DK: Only because I had 80 percent of tomorrow’s column written before the announcement.

    Otherwise … no.

  66. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  67. How did Sweed get in there? That’s the height of sarcasm. What did he have 4 catches in his Steeler career?


  68. theplanisworking says:

    I played intramurals, won a championship one year, which was greeted by my athlete friends with much ribbing. Got to know a lot of them by way of the “training table” in the cafeteria……. I had classes that conflicted with regular hours, so I got to eat with them.

    Most of them were really good guys, a few miscreants.

  69. Milo Hamilton says:

    So, still black smoke from AJ’s chimney ?

  70. theplanisworking says:

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

  71. Bizrow says:

    He’s only what, 27? The best is yet to come ;-)

  72. Bizrow says:

    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

  73. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  74. Bizrow says:

    Nope, driving at night is getting tough ;-)

  75. Thundercrack says:

    Get a life. And remember not to boo David Wright

  76. Milo Hamilton says:

    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.

  77. Jandy says:

    Yeah, and I’m Mother Theresa ;)

  78. Drew71 says:

    It’s not exactly inner, Milo, is it?

  79. Milo Hamilton says:

    Where’d he finish ? Curse of the Home Run Derby.

  80. Bizrow says:

    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

  81. 21sthebest says:


  82. 21sthebest says:

    I bet it’s okay to boo you.

  83. Arriba Wilver says:

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

    Milo, definitely a finalist in post of the year.

    DK: Seconded by my inner.

  84. Bob T. says:

    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.

  85. JAL says:

    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.

  86. Lad 9 says:

    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.

  87. Lad 9 says:

    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!

  88. theplanisworking says:

    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…………

  89. theplanisworking says:

    Your check is in the mail, Lad. ;)

    Thank you. The words are too kind.
    But make sure to repeat them next year, ok?

  90. Milo Hamilton says:

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

    Happy Hippo Birthday Plan.

  91. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hope you know I’m just having some fun.

  92. theplanisworking says:

    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.

  93. JohninOshkosh says:


    There you go, ripping off Shakespeare again.

    Blog word of the year finalist.

    DK: Thou art verily welcome.

  94. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  95. chethejet says:

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

  96. theplanisworking says:

    Good Lord this is funny!

  97. Congratulations to Andrew, and here’s wishing that Neal Huntington was GM of the Year as well since he deserved it every bit as much as the Boston GM who got it just because the Red Sox were world champs.

  98. Roberto Clemente is the greatest Pirate of all time, at least as far as my generation is concerned, although the old timers will likely pick Honus Wagner.

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