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MLB Players Choice Awards 2013 Results: Full List of Winners

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after getting struck out by Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox in the third inning during Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 5, 2013

Major League Baseball did its best impression of a courtroom on Monday, as the top players in the league were judged by a jury of their peers.

Only instead of being sentenced, finalists were handed Players Choice Awards.

These end-of-the-year awards aren't nearly as prestigious as the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards, but being recognized by the players who know the game extensively and know the work it takes to be successful is a big deal. 

Let's take a look at the winners.

Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference

2013 MLB Players Choice Awards
AwardWinnerTeam
Player of the YearMiguel CabreraDetroit Tigers
Marvin Miller Man of the YearMariano RiveraNew York Yankees
AL Outstanding PlayerMiguel CabreraDetroit Tigers
NL Outstanding PlayerAndrew McCutchenPittsburgh Pirates
AL Outstanding PitcherMax ScherzerDetroit Tigers
NL Outstanding PitcherClayton KershawLos Angeles Dodgers
AL Outstanding RookieWil MyersTampa Bay Rays
NL Outstanding RookieJose FernandezMiami Marlins
AL Comeback PlayerMariano RiveraNew York Yankees
NL Comeback PlayerFrancisco LirianoPittsburgh Pirates

 

Player of the Year: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

No Triple Crown, no problem. 

Cabrera may have been out-homered by Chris Davis, but he actually improved on his 2012 Triple Crown campaign, upping his average (.348), on-base percentage (.442) and slugging percentage (.636). He also hit the same amount of home runs (44) and saw his RBI count (137) decrease by just two.

Miggy joins Albert Pujols (2008 and '09) and Mark McGwire (1997 and '98) as the only other players to win this award in back-to-back seasons. 

 

Marvin Miller Man of the Year and AL Comeback Player: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

There was very little question Rivera was going to win Man of the Year.

On one hand, you can look at it as a lifetime achievement award after he put a cap on a remarkable, transcendent 19-year career. On the other, Rivera is simply one of the most likable professional players on the planet, equal parts dominant and stand-up human being—someone even Red Sox fans have to respect. 

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox greets former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera before Game Two of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park on October 24, 2013 in Bos
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The Comeback Player award is also well deserved. After he missed most of 2012 with a torn ACL, most people figured Rivera's career was done. But he appeared in 64 games this year, saving 44 and notching a 2.11 ERA. 

 

AL Outstanding Player: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

It probably would have been weird if he won Player of the Year, but not AL Outstanding Player.

 

NL Outstanding Player: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after striking out in the firts inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Five of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 9, 2013 in St Loui
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The NL MVP Award is one of the most hotly debated this year, but if the voters are of the same mindset as the players, then Andrew McCutchen will soon be a happy little Pirate. 

'Cutch was a major reason in Pittsburgh seeing the playoffs for the first time since Aladdin was in the box office. He hit .317/.404/.508 with 21 home runs, 84 RBI, 97 runs and 27 steals. 

For the advanced statistical types, he finished second in the NL in WAR and first in offensive WAR, as he beat out Paul Goldschmidt and Yadier Molina. 

 

AL Outstanding Pitcher: Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

Scherzer was dominant for the AL Central-winning Tigers, as he went 21-3, compiling a 2.90 ERA and 0.97 WHIP while striking out 240 batters in 214.1 innings.

The 29-year-old led the American League in both wins and WHIP, was second in strikeouts and K/9 and was fifth in ERA.

He beat out teammate Anibal Sanchez and Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish

 

NL Outstanding Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

So, um, duh. 

Kershaw was just about as close to unhittable as possible this season, as he led the NL in ERA (1.83), WHIP (0.92), strikeouts (232) and ERA+ (194). 

I suppose he could have lost this award if all the hitters who got a ballot voted with vengeance instead of their brains, but other than that, there was no way he wasn't going to win. 

 

AL Outstanding Rookie: Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays

Myers, per Amanda Rykoff, was clearly nervous (and attempting to pull his hair out) in anticipation of this award:

Entering the season as the No. 4 prospect in baseball by both Baseball America and MLB.com, though, he proved to be well worth the hype. 

He hit .293/.354/.478 and smacked 13 homers to go with 53 RBI and 50 runs in just 88 games, proving crucial in the Rays' run to the playoffs.

 

NL Outstanding Rookie: Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

This will be one of the more controversial awards, as Fernandez beats out right fielder Yasiel Puig, who was a major factor in the Dodgers' turnaround and at many points throughout the season was the absolute talk of the league. 

But the 21-year-old Fernandez was absolutely electric. 

In 28 starts, he compiled a 2.18 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and struck out 187 batters in 172.2 innings. In addition to leading the NL in hits allowed per nine innings, he was second in ERA, second in K/9 and third in WHIP. 

 

NL Comeback Player: Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates

Winning this award is just what Francisco Liriano does:

In 34 games with the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox last year, Liriano compiled an abysmal 5.34 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. 

But he regained his control in 2013, winning 16 games with a 3.02 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 161.0 innings. Control was one of the major factors in his redemption story, as he finished with his best BB/9 ratio since 2010. 

 

 

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