Major League Baseball’s Back-to-Back MVP Winners

Albert Pujols Was the Last Back-to-Back MVP Winner. Will Miguel Cabrera Be Next?

Albert Pujols Was the Last Back-to-Back MVP Winner. Will Miguel Cabrera Be Next?

The first baseball MVP was awarded back in 1911. Ty Cobb won it in the American League, with the Detroit Tigers. For the National League, it was the Chicago CubsFrank Schulte.

Between 1915 and 1921 (sorry Babe) and in 1930, no award was given. In 1922, 1923 and 1929, only one award was given, covering both leagues.

So, all together through 2012 – 94 years of awards – 185 MVPs have been doled out to the best players in the major leagues (or by some’s defintion – to those most valuable to their teams).

Only 13 times (28 awards) has a player won MVP back-to-back. They are listed below.

Will Miguel Cabrera join them in 2013?

Steroid-infused Barry Bonds went back-to-back several times, first in the early 1990’s (becoming the only player to repeat with different teams) and again between 2001 and 2004 (becoming the only player to win the MVP more than twice in a row).

Notice one more quirky thing about our back-to-back winners – they make up a full team: one for every position, and you can use Dale Murphy, Frank Thomas and/or Albert Pujols on the bench or in the DH slot. I guess you can argue there are no relievers, but don’t hold your breath, no RP will ever win MVP two years in a row. If Mariano Rivera didn’t, no one will.

UPDATED LIST: Through 2013 awards. Miguel Cabrera did it, becoming the 13th player to win back-to-back MVPs.

1. 1932 Jimmie Foxx AL Philadelphia Athletics 1B
  1933 Jimmie Foxx AL Philadelphia Athletics 1B
           
2. 1944 Hal Newhouser AL Detroit Tigers LHP
  1945 Hal Newhouser AL Detroit Tigers LHP
           
3. 1954 Yogi Berra AL New York Yankees C
  1955 Yogi Berra AL New York Yankees C
           
4. 1956 Mickey Mantle AL New York Yankees CF
  1957 Mickey Mantle AL New York Yankees CF
           
5. 1958 Ernie Banks NL Chicago Cubs SS
  1959 Ernie Banks NL Chicago Cubs SS
           
6. 1960 Roger Maris AL New York Yankees RF
  1961 Roger Maris AL New York Yankees RF
           
7. 1975 Joe Morgan NL Cincinnati Reds 2B
  1976 Joe Morgan NL Cincinnati Reds 2B
           
8. 1980 Mike Schmidt NL Philadelphia Phillies 3B
  1981 Mike Schmidt NL Philadelphia Phillies 3B
           
9. 1982 Dale Murphy NL Atlanta Braves CF
  1983 Dale Murphy NL Atlanta Braves CF
           
10. 1992 Barry Bonds NL Pittsburgh Pirates LF
  1993 Barry Bonds NL San Francisco Giants LF
           
11. 1993 Frank Thomas AL Chicago White Sox 1B
  1994 Frank Thomas AL Chicago White Sox 1B
           
12. 2001 Barry Bonds NL San Francisco Giants LF
  2002 Barry Bonds NL San Francisco Giants LF
  2003 Barry Bonds NL San Francisco Giants LF
  2004 Barry Bonds NL San Francisco Giants LF
           
13. 2008 Albert Pujols NL St. Louis Cardinals 1B
  2009 Albert Pujols NL St. Louis Cardinals 1B
14. 2012 Miguel Cabrera
NL Detroit Tigers
3B
2013 Miguel Cabrera
NL Detroit Tigers
3B

Photos: crunchtime.sportsblog.com / Dave Kaup/REUTERS via newyorkdailynews.com

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