Major League Baseball’s Back-to-Back MVP Winners
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.Follow @VinGetz
|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|
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