Cal Ripken Jr.: 2 (1983, '91)Ripken won a pair of AL MVP Awards nearly a decade apart. Frank Thomas: 2 (1993-94)The Big Hurt won AL MVP Awards in 1993 and '94, at the peak of his prodigious slugging powers. Walter Johnson, WSH, 1924Notable numbers: 6.8 WAR, 23-7, 20 CG, 6 SHO, 2.72 ERA, 149 ERA+, 277 2/3 IP, 158 K. Of course, much of this relies on his era, but Johnson is the only pitcher to win an MVP Award in the Dead Ball and Live Ball Eras. He finished his 22-year career with records of 762 homers, 2,558 walks and 688 intentional walks. He even recorded two saves for good measure (though they weren't yet an official stat). Hubbell jumpstarted his Hall of Fame run in ’33, when he led the heavy underdog Giants to a World Series win while establishing himself as among the best left-handers of his era. He won each of his seven starts, throwing a complete game in six, while posting a 0.72 ERA. Roger Maris: 2 (1960-61)Maris will forever be remembered for breaking Babe Ruth's single-season home run record with 61 homers in 1961, but he was already the reigning AL MVP entering that season. In 1986, Boston ace Roger Clemens went 24-4 in 33 appearances, struck out 238 hitters, and allowed 2.48 earned runs for the year in 254 innings pitched to win the first of seven career Cy Youngs. In '41, a season forever remembered for his record 56-game hitting streak, DiMaggio hit .357/.440/.643 with 30 homers to win his second MVP honor. Walter Johnson: 2 (1913, '24)Johnson was one of the hardest-throwing hurlers in the early 20th century, and won MVP Awards in 1913 and '24. Tigers reliever Willie Hernandez made 80 appearances in 1984 (so much for that “only playing once every few days” argument) and struck out 112 opponents while only walking 36. Miguel Cabrera: 2 (2012-13)Cabrera won back-to-back AL MVP Awards in 2012 and '13. He also finished off a half-dozen complete games this season, most in his career. Yogi Berra, 3 (1951, '54, '55)Berra won his first AL MVP Award in 1951, when he hit .294/.350/.492 with 27 home runs to help the Yankees earn a meeting with the Giants in the World Series, where they defeated their cross-town rivals in six games. Clemens also won his first 14 decisions that year, helping the Red Sox win the AL pennant. And in '55, he helped lead the Dodgers to their first World Series title in a victory over the Yankees, slashing .318/.395/.583 with 32 home runs during the regular season. In '62, Mantle was limited by injury to 123 games, yet was still named MVP after slashing .321/.486/.605 with 30 homers and his only career Gold Glove Award.
Dean set the franchise's Modern Era record in wins, a milestone that still stands, and he's also the last NL pitcher to reach that mark. They are the first set of teammates to lead the league … Nearly 20 years earlier, Oakland Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley took home the AL MVP after making 69 appearances and finishing off 51 saves in 1992. Robin Yount: 2 (1982, '89)Yount led the AL in hits (210), doubles (46) and slugging percentage (.578) en route to winning his first MVP Award in 1982. Brewers pitcher Rollie Fingers won the AL MVP and Cy Young awards in 1981 after putting together a stunning 1.04 ERA for the season in 47 appearances.
He won his first NL MVP Award in 1951, hitting .325/.393/.590 with 33 homers.
The Cy Young Award wasn’t established until 1956, and only 11 pitchers have gone on to win both in the same season. Newcombe led the Dodgers all the way to the World Series, where they would fall to Mickey Mantle’s Yankees in an epic seven-game fight. Blue claimed 14 of the 24 first-place votes that year, ahead of Sal Bando and Frank Robinson, and he remains the youngest MVP Award winner ever. McLain would earn all 20 first-place votes in that year's MVP ballot, making him the only unanimous winner on this list among those who also won the Cy Young. Missed many of the most recent winners (Bellinger, Yelich, Betts, Stanton). Ripken's second MVP Award came in '91, when he hit .323/.374/.566 with 34 homers.
Roy Campanella, 3 (1951, '53, '55)Though his career was cut short after he was involved in a 1958 car accident that left him paralyzed, Campanella was one of the best players in the game during his 10-year career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. At just 23 years old, the legend of the “Rocket” began on April 29, when Clemens struck out 20 Mariners to set an unprecedented Major League record (only Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver and Steve Carlton had punched out at least 19 in a game since the mound had been lowered). But even prior, it was still a significant deal if a pitcher took home the MVP hardware. Rollie Fingers, MIL, 1981Notable numbers: 4.2 WAR, 28 SV, 1.04 ERA, 333 ERA+. Dale Murphy: 2 (1982-83)In 1982, the Braves slugger slashed .281/.378/.507 with 36 home runs and 23 steals to win his first MVP Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. Carl Hubbell, NYG, 1933Notable numbers: 9.0 WAR, 23-12, 22 CG, 10 SHO, 1.66 ERA, 193 ERA+, 308 2/3 IP, 0.982 WHIP. With that in mind, MLB.com takes a look back on each pitcher to win MVP (stats accumulated by Baseball-Reference): Clayton Kershaw, LAD, 2014Notable numbers: 7.7 WAR, 21-3, 1.77 ERA, 197 ERA+, 0.857 WHIP. Two seasons later, he won his second MVP honor, posting a 1.006 OPS with 41 home runs and a league-leading 142 RBIs.
The Brewers star hit .318/.384/.511 with 21 homers and 19 steals in '89 to win his second MVP honor. Fewer than 70 athletes are known to have played in both Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Football League (NFL). That year, he led the league in runs scored (121), hits (211) and doubles (47) while slashing .318/.371/.517 with 27 homers, also leading the Orioles to a World Series victory over the Phillies.
In June, Cooper went on a tear that is in the conversation for most dominant months of all-time. Dazzy Vance, BRO, 1924Notable numbers: 10.5 WAR, 28-6, 30 CG, 2.16 ERA, 174 ERA+, 308 1/3 IP, 262 K. Vance won the Triple Crown and became the first NL pitcher to win an MVP Award, earning the honor over runner-up Rogers Hornsby. Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.
Just one day after snagging his third National League Cy Young Award in four years, Kershaw was named MVP of the National League as well. Kershaw joined this exclusive group by putting up some ridiculous numbers as a starter.
He won his second MVP Award in '98, hitting .318/.366/.630 with 50 homers and 157 RBIs for Texas. Jimmie Foxx, 3 (1932, '33, '38)Foxx hit 534 home runs over a 20-year career, 106 of which came in just two seasons for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1932-33. Carl Hubbell: 2 (1933, '36)Hubbell, one of three pitchers to ever win multiple MVP Awards, won in 1933 and '36 with the Giants. McClain won 31 of his 41 outings that year for a Tigers club that went on to win the World Series, where he made three starts. His first came after the slugger turned in the first Triple Crown season since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski's in 1967. Mike Schmidt, 3 (1980, '81, '86)Schmidt won the first of three career MVP Awards in 1980, a year in which he also led the Phillies to a World Series championship. Newcombe earned 66% of the MVP vote in ’56, finishing ahead of teammate Sal Maglie (54%), in a year that the Cy Young Award was introduced.
Koufax wooed voters with a 1.88 ERA that, at the time, was the game’s fifth-lowest of the Live Ball Era and the best in 18 years. Koufax also became the first ever unanimous Cy Young Award winner in history, and he claimed 14 first-place votes for MVP, ousting Dick Groat (four votes) and Hank Aaron (one). In his first MVP season -- 1943 -- a 22-year-old Musial hit .357/.425/.562 with 48 doubles, 20 triples and 13 home runs to help St. Louis reach the World Series. Here's a look at each of those 31 individuals, as well as their performance in their MVP seasons: Barry Bonds, 7 (1990, '92, '93, 2001-04)Bonds hit .301/.406/.565 with 33 home runs and 52 steals to earn his first NL MVP Award in 1990 with the Pirates, and .311/.456/.624 with 34 homers and 39 steals in '92 with Pittsburgh. He won his second MVP honor in '29, leading the league with 156 runs scored and a .679 slugging percentage.
His 1.12 ERA is by far the best single-season ERA in the Live Ball Era, as are his 13 shutouts (which were more than the 11 homers he allowed). He was named NL MVP again the next year, slashing .316/.435/.644 with 31 homers in a strike-shortened season (he played in 102 games), while winning another Gold Glove Award.
In '60, he hit .283/.371/.581 with 39 homers, and won his only career Gold Glove Award. (All statistics come from Baseball-Reference.com, with players listed in reverse chronological order.). Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander (pictured) had a season to remember in 2011, throwing a career-high 251 innings, winning a career-best 24 games, striking out a career-high 250 batters, and compiling a career-low 2.40 ERA. 24% got Jake Daubert from 1913, Bob O'Farrell from 1926 and Dolph Camilli from 1941? Dennis Eckersley, OAK, 1992Notable numbers: 51 SV, 1.91 ERA, 3.6% BB rate. In '24, he helped Washington reach and win the World Series, posting a 2.72 ERA over 277 2/3 frames during the regular season. The debate goes on each season in which a pitcher turns in an otherworldly dominant performance. In 1940, he had another monster season at the plate to win his second MVP Award, hitting .340/.433/.670 with 41 homers and 150 RBIs for Detroit. He became the first American League pitcher to accumulate 24 wins and 250 strikeouts while posting an ERA of 2.40 or lower. He led the league in both on-base and slugging percentage. Never shy to heckle the competition, Dean pitched his way to one of the best seasons in Cardinals history, while leading the "Gashouse Gang" to a seven-game World Series over the Tigers. ... Fred Lynn, Andre Dawson, Jeff Bagwell, Ichiro Suzuki, and Ryan Howard won both awards but were never part of a WS champion team.
The debate goes on each season in which a pitcher turns in an otherworldly dominant performance.
Pitchers who go into that stratosphere typically are bound for Cooperstown, defined in part by their epic MVP.
© Copyright 2020 Endgame360 Inc. All Rights Reserved. In 1946, he slashed .342/.497/.667 with 38 home runs and a league-leading 158 walks. He also threw a no-hitter against the Rockies on June 18, which by his 102 Game Score, was the third-most dominant nine-inning starting pitching performance in history. He won the the award four more times with some of the greatest offensive seasons in baseball history from 2001-04, including a record 73-homer season in '01. Mickey Cochrane, 2 (1928, '34)The Athletics catcher hit .293/.395/.464 to win his first AL MVP Award in 1928, then won again in '34, slashing .320/.428/.412 in 129 games for the Tigers.
Three of the top four AL MVP vote-getters that year came from the world champion Tigers, led by McLain. His streak continued against the mighty Yankees in World Series Game 1, but Hubbell’s Giants wound up losing in six games to a club led by Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey, and rookie Joe DiMaggio. Athletics star Vida Blue went 24-8 for Oakland in the 1971 season, logging a career-best ERA of 1.82 in a whopping 312 innings, which included eight complete-game shutouts.
Hernandez was 9-3 with 32 saves and a 1.92 ERA to take MVP honors ahead of Kent Hrbek and pitcher Dan Quisenberry (the AL Cy Young runner-up that year).
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