MLB MVP race 2023: Evaluating early front-runners for AL, NL MVP (2023)

Who will win MLB MVP in 2023? New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt took home the honors last year. Now, we look ahead to the 2023 season with an outlook analyzing the National League and American League candidates for the MLB MVP race.

Major League Baseball is the only American professional sport that wards two MVP awards, one to each conference. It allows two players to take home a prestigious honor, joining some of thebest players in MLB historywith the coveted award on their trophy case.

Bookmark this page for updates on the MLB MVP race throughout the season, including the latest odds and analysis.

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Let’s evaluate the field of 2023 MLB MVP candidates through the first month of the season. All MLB stats for the AL and NL MVP candidates are as of May 24.

NL MVP: Ronald Acuña Jr remains early front-runner

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1Ronald Acuña Jr..337/.427/.5881.01511271722.62.9
2Sean Murphy.275/.398/.549.94710361572.51.9
3Freddie Freeman.327/.399/.563.9629311582.21.9
4Geraldo Perdomo.315/.413/.519.9314231531.92.1
5Paul Goldschmidt.293/.404/.521.9259251562.12.1
  1. Ronald Acuña Jr, Atlanta Braves – Ronald Acuña Jr is the clear NL MVP front-runner through the first 50 games of the season. Even while playing some of the worst defense in all of baseball, Acuna’s run production and offensive output aren’t matched by anyone in the National League. As long as Acuña stays healthy and Atlanta is atop the NL East, he’ll be the heavy favorite to take home the honors.
  2. Sean Murphy, Atlanta Braves – Not only does Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy lead all of his peers in wRC+, he also ranks second in Defensive Runs Saved (3) and Catcher Framing Runs (4). On pace to win the Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger, Murphy is having the best season by a catcher since Buster Posey’s NL MVP year.
  3. Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers – Freddie Freeman is on a tear in May, slashing .372/.429/.709 with a 1.138 OPS and 22 RBI. During that stretch, Los Angeles is 15-6 and reclaimed the top spot in the National League. Based on Freeman’s track record, he’ll be in the MVP race through September.
  4. Geraldo Perdomo, Arizona Diamondbacks The Arizona Diamondbacks keep surging up the MLB standings and Luis Perdomo has played a huge part in that. However, he’s slashing .229/.362/.396with a .758 OPS in May. While Arizona holds an 11-5 record during that span, Perdomo is losing his standing on our NL MVP ballot and his defense isn’t good enough to sustain it if the regression at the plate continues.
  5. Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals – The St. Louis Cardinals are beginning to regain their footing, with Paul Goldschmidt (.940 OPS in May) playing a massive part in that. He was playing at an MVP-caliber level even when St. Louis sat in the cellar of the NL, so the team-wide turnaround could push him right up with Freeman before long.

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AL MVP: Marcus Semien on top, Aaron Judge surging

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1Marcus Semien.301/.377/.490.8667391402.42.9
2Shohei Ohtani.281/.356/.524.88011271382.22.8
3Aaron Judge.298/.400/.6521.05214331812.11.9
4Wander Franco.276/.336/.474.8107231272.12.6
5Matt Chapman.302/.382/.522.9047271502.12.7
  1. Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers – Marcus Semien takes over as the early front-runner for AL MVP with June fast approaching. The Texas Rangers are one of the best teams in baseball this year, with Semien often carrying this lineup. He slashed .345/.417/.536 through the first three weeks of May, is playing stellar defense and there’s even more help around him now with Corey Seager healthy.
  2. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels – It’s been a rough month for Shohei Ohtani on the mound, with six home runs allowed and a 4.68 ERA in four starts. He’s also not performing at his peak in the batter’s box, with a 133 wRC+ that ranks 25th in the American League this month.
  3. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees – The New York Yankees are 10-3 since Aaron Judge rejoined the lineup, snapping a slump that led to debate over being sellers at the trade deadline. Judge – .367/.484/.918 with a 1.402 OPS in May – is on a hot streak that’s even better than what he delivered in his record-breaking 2022 season. A healthy Judge can win a second consecutive AL MVP award without question.
  4. Wander Franco, Tampa Bay Rays – As the Tampa Bay Rays cool off, so does Wander Franco. After posting a .909 OPS with a 146 wRC+ and a .292 batting average in April, Franco is now slashing .244/.300/.378 with a 92 wRC+ and .678 OPS in May. Unsurprisingly, Tampa Bay is 12-9 over that span.
  5. Matt Chapman, Toronto Blue Jays – After slashing .190/.277/.238 with a 34 percent strikeout rate and 49 wRC+ in the first two weeks of May, Chapman posted a 175 wRC+ in the last four games. It keeps him in the running, especially after the scorching-hot April.

Who is leading the MLB MVP race?

Ronald Acuña Jr is first in the MLB MVP race right now. Through the first 50 games of the season, Acuña leads the league in fWAR (2.6) and he leads the National League in ESPN WAR (2.9) and bWAR (2.9).

Who is favored to win AL MVP?

Shohei Ohtani (-125) is currently favored to win AL MVP in 2023, per BetMGM. Right behind Ohtani in the AL MVP odds is Aaron Judge (+800) followed by Vladimir Guerrero Jr (+1200) and Mike Trout (+1500). Our AL MVP pick, Marcus Semien, currently has +4500 odds.

MLB MVP odds 2023:Who will win Most Valuable Player?

MLB MVP race 2023: Evaluating early front-runners for AL, NL MVP (4)

Unsurprisingly, the MLB MVP race this year will feature a lot of familiar names including perennial All-Star selections, All-MLB First Team nominees and former MVP winners. While there is a heavy favorite in the American League, the National League is more of a wide-open race with World Series contenders boasting the early front-runners.

The latest 2023 MLB MVP odds are via BetMGM.

NL MVP odds 2023: Evaluating the National League MVP candidates

Juan Soto+550
Mookie Betts+900
Ronald Acuña Jr+900
Fernando Tatīs Jr+1000
Paul Goldschmidt+1000
Trea Turner+1000
Manny Machado+1200
Nolan Arenado+1200
Freddie Freeman+1300
Pete Alonso+1400
Austin Riley+1600
Francisco Lindor+2500
Matt Olson+2500
Xander Bogaerts+3000
  • Juan Soto, San Diego Padres – An NL MVP favorite last year, Juan Soto didn’t quite meet expectations. However, he still boasted a league-high 20.3% walk rate with 27 home runs, a 145 wRC+ and a .401 OBP. Parked in the heart of one of the best lineups in MLB, Soto is an easy bet for 30-plus homers and a return to a .280 batting average and 160 wRC+ can win him MVP on a playoff team.
  • Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers – Mookie Betts hasn’t posted a batting average over a full season since 2019, which slightly diminishes his chances of taking home MVP. However, he is a lock for 100-plus runs scored, 90-plus RBIs and could hit 30 homers with a 140 wRC+ and may finish as a Gold Glove Award finalist. If he’s the best player on the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, that might be good enough to take home the honor.
  • Fernando Tatīs Jr., San Diego Padres – Fernando Tatis Jr. is eligible to return from suspension on April 20, so his stats should keep him in line with other NL MVP candidates. He last hit 42 home runs with a 157 wRC+ and 25 steals in 2021, which if replicated might earn him MVP this upcoming season. However, the PED suspension might swing enough voters to give the honor to an equally-deserving player.
  • Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals – We haven’t seen a player win consecutive MLB MVP awards since Miguel Cabrera (2012-’13). Considering Paul Goldschmidt is now 35 years old, history suggests the odds of him repeating are extremely low. Projected for a regression in OPS and home runs, Goldschmidt likely won’t be an MVP finalist.
  • Ronald Acuña Jr, Atlanta Braves – Ronald Acuña Jr. battled some issues in his first season back from a torn ACL, with a lack of power output becoming the biggest problem. A full offseason to get healthy and make adjustments should allow him to return to the caliber of player who can deliver a 30-30 season. Acuña Jr. is one of the most talented players in MLB and if he returns to his peak with the Atlanta Braves winning the division, he deserves MVP.

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AL MVP odds 2023: Best American League MVP candidates

Shohei Ohtani+200
Aaron Judge+500
Mike Trout+650
Julio Rodriguez+800
Yordan Alvarez+1100
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.+1500
Jose Ramirez+1600
Corey Seager+3000
Rafael Devers+3000
Byron Buxton+3000
Kyle Tucker+3000
Wander Franco+3500
Adley Rutschman+3500
Carlos Correa+3500
  • Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels – It took a season for the ages and the Los Angeles Angels finishing under .500 for Shohei Ohtani to not win AL MVP in 2022. While predicting the Angels to make the playoffs is risky, it’s safe to assume there won’t be another Judge-like season. If that’s the case, the player who hits 35-plus home runs with a 150 wRC+ and strikes out 200 batters with a sub-3.0 ERA is the Most Valuable Player in baseball.
  • Aaron Judge, New York Yankees – Aaron Judge had a season for the ages and his return to the New York Yankees is the best move for both his career and stats. However, Judge just delivered one of the best single-season performances in MLB history and his career numbers prior to 2022 (..276/.386/.554, 6.4% HR rate) suggest regression is coming for the 31-year-old. Based on that and the lack of back-to-back MLB MVP winners in recent years, it’s best to bet on someone else.
  • Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels – Mike Trout could become just the second player in MLB history to win four MVP awards. However, the 31-year-old is stuck on a fringe playoff team and he hasn’t played in 120-plus games since 2019. If you could guarantee Trout plays 120-plus games this year and the Angels are a Wild Card team, Trout would be our runner-up.
  • Julio Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners – The reigning AL Rookie of the Year, Julio Rodriguez looked like a perennial MLB MVP candidate in his first season with the Seattle Mariners. While plate discipline will always be a concern, he’s a 30-30 threat right now who can combine for 200 runs produced. Seattle’s lineup is improved and the budding star should be among the sleepers to win AL MVP in 2023.
  • Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros – Before suffering a hand injury that impacted him in the second half; of the season, Yordan Alvarez slashed .306/.405/.653 with a 196 wRC+ and 26 home runs, neck-and-neck with Judge in our AL MVP race. However, the 2022 season showed that even if Alvarez is healthy for a full season, voters hold his status as a designated hitter against him and that has to be remembered when looking at the field this year.

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MLB MVP 2022 results

Who is the AL MVP?

MLB MVP race 2023: Evaluating early front-runners for AL, NL MVP (7)

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge won AL MVP in 2022, becoming the first Yankees’ player since Alex Rodriguez (2007) to win MVP honors.

Here’s a breakdown on how I would’ve voted in the MLB MVP races 2022, starting with AL MVP followed by NL MVP.

AL MVP race

1.Aaron Judge.311/.425/.6861.1116213120711.410.6
2.Shohei Ohtani.273/.356/.519.87534951429.49.6
3.Yordan Alvarez.306/.406/.6131.01937971856.66.8
4.Andres Gimenez.297/.371/.466.83717691406.17.2
5.Jose Altuve.300/.387/.533.92128571646.65.6

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is the AL MVP. While Shohei Ohtani put up a phenomenal fight this season, Judge delivered a caliber of historical greatness that will rightfully go down as one of the best seasons in MLB history.

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Use whatever stats you want. Judge is the first player in MLB history with 60-plus home runs, 90-plus walks and 15-plus steals in a season. He entered Saturday with the ninth-highest FanGraphs’ Wins Above Replacement (10.7) since 1950.

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There is also so much more to consider from the star who is on the verge of becoming just the fifth Triple Crown winner in the last 75 years. Judge hit 60 home runs in a season when no other player sniffed 50. All of this in a contract year, betting on himself and delivering in historic fashion. If all of that isn’t enough, a 266 wRC+ in the second half (no other player above 185), 20.3% walk rate and 27 home runs in the second half solidify Judge as MLB MVP.

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Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

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Shohei Ohtani wins AL MVP in any other season. The two-way phenom delivered a season like we’ve never seen before. He is the first player since 1900 to face 600 batters and have 600-plus plate appearances (Sarah Langs). He struck out 200-plus batters this season and was part of the 30-homer club, something no other player in MLB history has ever come close to approaching.

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Incredibly, Ohtani saved his best stuff for the second half. Entering September 24, Ohtani boasted a .291/.374/.612 slash line with 15 home runs and a 170 wRC+ since the All-Star Break. On the mound, Ohtani sports a 2.59 ERA with a 10.91 K/9, 29.6% strikeout rate and .229 batting average allowed in the second half.

AL MVP ballots should be relatively close, Judge shouldn’t be a unanimous selection. Ohtani’s exceptional play both on the mound and in the batter’s box makes him the best player in MLB. Ultimately, it just isn’t enough to win a second consecutive AL MVP award in a year like this.

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NL MVP race: Nolan Arenado vs Paul Goldschmidt

MLB MVP race 2023: Evaluating early front-runners for AL, NL MVP (11)
1.Nolan Arenado.293/.358/.533.891301031517.37.9
2.Paul Goldschmidt.317/.404/.578.981351151777.17.8
3.Manny Machado.298/.366/.531.898321021527.46.8
4.Freddie Freeman.325/.407/.511.918211001577.15.9
5.Austin Riley.273/.349/.528.87838931425.56.5

Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals

The NL MVP vote makes for a great debate, with voters asked to weigh if they prefer defense or offense more. There is no wrong choice, it’s a matter of preference, but the choice here is awarding NL MVP to Nolan Arenado.

Look at what the 31-year-old accomplished this season. He is ranks third in Fielding Bibles’ Defensive Runs Saved (18) among players with 1,000-plus innings played. In addition, Arenado boasts the sixth-highest Outs Above Average (14), all while playing one of the most important defensive positions in baseball.

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All of that is incredibly valuable for a team that is so dependent on its pitching and defense. Arenado makes life so much easier for his teammate on the mound, saving runs and routinely creating outs or erasing extra-base hits.

On top of this, Arenado has the third-highest wRC+ (151), the fourth-best slugging percentage (.535) and is on pace for a 30-homer and 100-RBI season. When you combine all of that with his fielding, Arenado is our NL MVP.

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Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals

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It won’t be surprising if Paul Goldschmidt wins NL MVP. Entering the weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman leads the National League in slugging (.591), fWAR (7.1), wRC+ (181) and ranks second in RBI (112) and isolated power (.271)

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Here’s the argument against Goldschmidt. He is slashing .235/.342/.412 in September with a 119 wRC+ and seven RBIs in his last 79 plate appearances. All of this has come at a time when the Cardinals’ lineup desperately needs a spark.

Defensively, he ranks 10th among first basemen (500-plus innings) in Defensive Runs Saved (two) and is 33rd in Outs Above Average (-7). That’s enough to give Arenado the nod over Goldschmidt.

Check below for our evaluation of the MLB MVP predictions and race heading into the season.

MLB MVP history and FAQ

Here’s everything you need to know about the MLB MVP awards, including its history and when it is announced by Major League Baseball.

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Why does baseball have 2 MVPs?

MLB MVP race 2023: Evaluating early front-runners for AL, NL MVP (15)

There are two MLB MVP awards because Major League Baseball provides awards for both the American League and the National League. Just like with MVP, there are AL & NL honors for the Cy Young Award, Comeback Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year and Reliever of the Year.

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MLB MVP winners: Who is the 2022 MLB MVP?

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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge won MLB MVP honors in 2022. Goldschmidt beat teammate Nolan Arenado, the runner-up for NL MVP, while Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani finished as the AL MVP runner-up.

  • 2022 – AL MVP – Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
  • 2022 – NL MVP – Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
  • 2021 – AL MVP – Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
  • 2021 – NL MVP – Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
  • 2020 – AL MVP – José Abreu, Chicago White Sox
  • 2020 – NL MVP – Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
  • 2019 – AL MVP – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
  • 2019 – NL MVP – Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 2018 – AL MVP – Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
  • 2018 – NL MVP – Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
  • 2017 – AL MVP – Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
  • 2017 – NL MVP – Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

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Who has the most MVPs in MLB?

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Barry Bonds won seven MLB MVP awards during his career. The San Francisco Giants icon holds the MLB record for most MVPs, winning them in 1990, ’92, ’92 and 2001-’04.

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Who is the youngest MLB MVP winner?

Johnny Bench is the youngest player to win MLB MVP. The former Cincinnati Reds catcher won MVP in 1970 at the age of 22 years and 26 days old, just surpassing Vida Blue (22 years, 3 months and 30 days in 1971). During that 1970 season, Bench hit 45 home runs with 148 RBIs a .293 batting average and a .932 OPS.

Who votes for MLB MVP?

The Baseball Writers Association of America votes for MLB MVP. There are 60 total voters for MVP honors, with 30 voting for the National League MVP and another 30 voting for the American League MVP.

Who has 3 MLB MVPs?

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There have been 11 players in baseball history to win three MVPs. Most recently, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout became the latest player to win his third AL MVP. Before that, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez became the first players to do it since Barry Bonds.

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MLB players with three MVPs

  • Barry Bonds – 7 – 1990, ’92, ’92, 2001-’04
  • Mike Trout – 3 – 2014, ’16, ’19
  • Alex Rodriguez – 3 – 2003, ’05, ’07
  • Albert Pujols – 3 – 2005, ’08, ’09
  • Mike Schmidt – 3 – 1980, ’81, ’86
  • Yogi Berra – 3 – 1951, ’54, ’55
  • Stan Musial – 3 – 1943, ’46, ’48
  • Mickey Mantle – 3 – 1956, ’57, ’62
  • Roy Campanella – 3 – 1951, ’53, ’55
  • Joe Dimaggio – 3 – 1939, ’41, ’47
  • Jimmie Foxx – 1932, ’33, ’38

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Who is most likely to win MVP MLB 2023? ›

Shohei Ohtani (-125) is currently favored to win AL MVP in 2023, per BetMGM. Right behind Ohtani in the AL MVP odds is Aaron Judge (+800) followed by Vladimir Guerrero Jr (+1200) and Mike Trout (+1500). Our AL MVP pick, Marcus Semien, currently has +4500 odds.

Who is favored to win AL MVP? ›

Best Odds
Shohei Ohtani-145 +-145
Aaron Judge+600 ++500
Yordan Alvarez+2000 ++2000
Mike Trout+3000 ++2500
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Who has the best odds to win MLB MVP? ›

Shohei Ohtani is the favorite to win AL MVP with -125 odds at Caesars Sportsbook.

Who is the only player to win al and nl mvp? ›

Barry Bonds has won the most often (seven times) and the most consecutively (four from 2001–04). Jimmie Foxx was the first player to win multiple times – 10 players have won three times, and 19 have won twice. Frank Robinson is the only player to win the award in both the American and National Leagues.

Who will be MLB Top Prospect 2023? ›

2023 Top Prospect: Jordan Walker
  • James Wood, OF, Nationals.
  • Jordan Lawlar, SS, D-backs.
  • Brett Baty, 3B, Mets.
  • Evan Carter, OF, Rangers.
  • Andrew Painter, RHP, Phillies.
  • Druw Jones, OF, D-backs.
  • Diego Cartaya, C, Dodgers.
  • Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs.
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Has a player ever won rookie of the year and MVP MLB? ›

Lynn and Ichiro are the only two players to win MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same year.

Who is the youngest AL MVP? ›

Vida Blue Dies: Youngest MVP In MLB History, Six-Time All-Star With Oakland A's Was 73. Vida Blue, a dominating left-hander who helped the Oakland Athletics win three straight World Series championships from 1972-74, died on Saturday.

Who is the only cowboy to win MVP? ›

Howley was also named the MVP of Super Bowl V and is the only player on a losing team to receive the award. He will be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023.

Who was the last switch hitter to win AL MVP? ›

However, the 1971 AL MVP award was a rare distinction for Vida Blue, who technically remains the last switch-hitter to win the MVP award. In addition to his pitching, Blue also appeared at the batter's box in 39 games.

Is the MVP always the best player? ›

A 'League MVP' is the most valuable player in an entire league, and refers to the player whose performance is most excellent in the league.

Does MVP always go to the winning team? ›

The MVP has come from the winning team every year except 1971, when Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley won the award despite the Cowboys' loss in Super Bowl V to the Baltimore Colts. Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only time co-MVPs have been chosen.

Can I bet MLB MVP? ›

MLB MVP and Cy Young Odds

These bets can be made throughout the year, which will allow you to make money by successfully predicting which players will take home the major individual awards at the end of the season.

Who has more All Star wins AL or NL? ›

The American League (AL) leads the series with a 47–43–2 (. 522) record, and a 381–374 run advantage. The NL has the longest winning streak of 11 games from 1972 to 1982; the AL held a 13-game unbeaten streak from 1997 to 2009 (including a tie in 2002).

Who is the only player to win 3 straight Mvps? ›

Larry Bird is the most recent player to win three straight MVP awards. Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlin and Bill Russell are the only players to ever do it. 10,501 people like this. Larry won his third consecutive MVP 34 years ago today.

Who votes for NL MVP? ›

The award is voted on by 30 members of the BBWAA (one from each Major League city) and uses a weighted score system. Each ranks their top ten players in each league with points awarded from on a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. The players with the highest point total in each league wins the award.

Who is the oldest MLB player 2023? ›

Rich Hill is the oldest active MLB player in the 2023 season. Hill is 43 years old and plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Who is the #1 prospect in the MLB? ›

Top Prospect Batters
1Jordan Walker21
2Jackson Chourio19
3Jackson Holliday19
4Elly De La Cruz21
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Who is the MLB number 1 prospect? ›

Minor League baseball is back and so is our latest edition of the top 100 prospects in the game. With the list coming out roughly a dozen games into the 2023 MLB season, several notable prospects graduated, including Arizona's Corbin Carroll (No. 1) and Baltimore's Gunnar Henderson (No. 2).

Who is the oldest MLB player to win MVP? ›

Oldest MVPs in History
  • Barry Bonds: 40 years old.
  • Willie Stargell: 39 years old.
  • Dennis Eckersley: 38 years old.
  • Mike Schmidt : 37 years old.
  • Rollie Fingers: 35 years old.
  • Paul Goldschmidt: 35 years old.

Has a closer ever won MVP? ›

In the strike-shortened 1981 season, the Milwaukee Brewers reached the postseason for the first time in franchise history. They would win the American League pennant the following season, but it was '81 when closer Rollie Fingers took home both Cy Young and MVP.

Has anyone ever won Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season? ›

The most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic. Twenty-two winners were drafted first overall. Sixteen winners have also won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their careers with Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld earning both honors the same season.

Who was the first African American to win al MVP? ›

In 1963, Elston Howard was asked what had been the greatest day in his career.

Who was the second youngest player to win MVP? ›

Derrick Rose and Wes Unseld are tied for the youngest MVPs in a season.

Who is the youngest MLB player? ›

Louis Cardinals outfielder Jordan Walker on Opening Day. The 20-year-old became the youngest player this season to make an Opening Day roster. Walker, the No. 21 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, also became the first and only MLB player to have been born as late as the year 2002.

Has an Eagle ever won MVP? ›

The only Eagles MVP in the award's 66-year history is Norm Van Brocklin, who won it in 1960 - his final season - when the Eagles won the NFL Championship.

How much money does each player get for winning Super Bowl? ›

According to the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL, each member of the winning team will pocket $157,000, a $7,000 bump over what the Los Angeles Rams earned last year. Winners of Super Bowl LVIII next year will receive $164,000. They'll get those checks within 15 days of the game.

How much does Super Bowl MVP get paid? ›

It might seem like chump change for a guy who signed a contract worth $500 million a few years ago, but as far as incentives go, it's a pretty sizable incentive. By winning NFL MVP, Patrick Mahomes has earned a $1.25M incentive. It's certainly a nice bonus to earn a few days prior to playing in the Super Bowl.

Did Rickey Henderson win MVP? ›

Henderson was named the AL's Most Valuable Player in 1990, and he was twice the lead-off hitter for World Series champions: the 1989 Oakland Athletics and the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays. A 12-time stolen base champion, Henderson led the league in runs five times.

Who won the AL MVP in 1950? ›

Future Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto wins 1950 AL MVP Award | Baseball Hall of Fame.

Who won the AL MVP 1972? ›

After brief stints with the Cardinals and Dodgers, Allen resurrected his career with the White Sox, batting over . 300 in all three seasons with Chicago from 1972-74. He won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1972, and is still just one of three MVPs in White Sox history.

Has a player ever won MVP without being an All Star? ›

Don Newcombe won the first-ever Cy Young Award in 1956, as well as the 1956 AL MVP, but was not selected to the league's All-Star team. Newcombe put up an absurd season, totaling 27 wins and just seven losses, with a 3.06 ERA.

Has anyone ever won most improved player and MVP? ›

No player has ever won the award twice. Boris Diaw, Kevin Love, Pascal Siakam, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only award winners to win an NBA Championship, Siakam is the only winner to win a championship in the same season as the award, and Antetokounmpo is the only winner to win NBA Finals MVP.

Who has the weakest MVP seasons? ›

Bob Pettit has the worst record by an MVP in a season, with a record of 33-39 in 1955-56.

Has anyone won Finals MVP but lost? ›

There has been only one losing player to win the NBA Finals MVP – Jerry West. It happened in the aforementioned series in which West and the Lakers lost 4-3 to the Celtics in the 1969 NBA Finals.

Has a player ever won MVP and missed playoffs? ›

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record six times. He is also the only player to win the award despite his team not making the playoffs back in the 1975–76 season.

Has an MVP ever not made 1st team? ›

Dave Cowens winning league MVP in 1972-73 while failing to make 1st Team All-NBA.

Can there be 2 MVPs in MLB? ›

Jimmie Foxx was the first player in Major League history to win three MVP Awards, earning two with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1932-33 and another with the Red Sox in '38. He won the first after hitting . 364 with 58 homers, 169 RBIs and a 1.218 OPS.

Has the MLB MVP ever been shared? ›

For the only time in the modern history of the Most Valuable Player Award, the 1979 National League honor split evenly between Keith Hernandez and Willie Stargell, crowning them co-MVPs. Hernandez, already a Gold Glove–winning first baseman, put together a season far superior to Stargell.

Can professional baseball players gamble? ›

MLB's Rule 21 expressly forbids a player, umpire, team official or league representative from betting on the outcome of games.

What was the longest All-Star Game in MLB history? ›

The longest All-Star game in history was in 2008 when it went four hours and 50 minutes. The game was played at Yankee Stadium and went 15 innings, tying the ASG record set in 1967 for most innings played.

Which team has most all stars in baseball? ›

Four teams lead way in 2022 ASG team-by-team breakdown

The MLB-best Yankees headline this year's class with six representatives before replacements, and the defending World Series champion Braves and host Dodgers have the most All-Stars of all NL teams with six each. But all 30 teams are represented.

Who scored the most in an All-Star Game? ›

Tatum was the story of the quarter and the night, setting the All-Star Game scoring record with 55 points. He earned the Kobe Bryant MVP trophy. Antetokounmpo basked in his first All-Star Game win with an iconic Giannis moment.

Who is the only defensive player to win MVP? ›

Two defensive players have won the award: Alan Page in 1971 as a defensive tackle, and Lawrence Taylor as a linebacker in 1986.

Has anyone won MVP 3x in a row? ›

However, only three have successfully achieved the MVP three-peat: Bill Russell: 1960-63. Wilt Chamberlain: 1965-68. Larry Bird: 1983-86.

Has anyone won both al and nl MVP? ›

Frank Robinson is the only player to win the award in both the American and National Leagues. The award's only tie occurred in the National League in 1979, when Keith Hernandez and Willie Stargell received an equal number of points.

Who is the youngest player to win NL MVP? ›

10 NFL: Lamar Jackson (2019) - 23 years, 25 days old

Not only did Lamar Jackson become the youngest MVP in NFL history in February 2020, he also joined Tom Brady (2010) as the only players to earn the award unanimously.

Who is the youngest MLB MVP ever? ›

Vida Blue Dies: Youngest MVP In MLB History, Six-Time All-Star With Oakland A's Was 73. Vida Blue, a dominating left-hander who helped the Oakland Athletics win three straight World Series championships from 1972-74, died on Saturday.

Who decides who is MVP MLB? ›

Since 1931, the Baseball Writers' Association of America has voted for the Most Valuable Player in each league. Ballots are submitted prior to the beginning of the postseason and are based on a weighted points system.

Who is the youngest MVP in MLB? ›

Vida Blue Dies: Youngest MVP In MLB History, Six-Time All-Star With Oakland A's Was 73. Vida Blue, a dominating left-hander who helped the Oakland Athletics win three straight World Series championships from 1972-74, died on Saturday.

Did Derek Jeter even win MVP? ›

Yet, Jeter never won an MVP award. Jeter was never the slugger that his foil Alex Rodriguez was, and despite hitting for a high average throughout his career, Jeter never won a batting title, and a decent part of the mystique surrounding him, came from postseason heroics, rather than flat-out regular season dominance.

Who has been the youngest MLB player ever? ›

And then, on July 19, 1952, the impossible happened. Joe Louis Reliford, a 12-year-old Black kid, played in a professional baseball game. The youngest to do so in organized baseball history. The Pioneers were playing an away game in Statesboro, Ga., and getting blown out 13-0 in the eighth inning.

Who is the oldest MVP? ›

Conversation. The oldest MVP in NBA history was 35-year-old Karl Malone in 1999.

Who was the youngest MLB All Star? ›

The 1984 MLB All-Star Game occurred fifty-one years following the original event in 1933. It was the host team San Francisco Giants' second time hosting the event, as well as the second ASG held in Candlestick Park.

Who is the only pitcher to win MVP twice? ›

Starting pitchers: 21

Before 1956, the MVP Award went to a pitcher 14 times, with Walter Johnson, Carl Hubbell and Hal Newhouser winning two times each. Johnson earned his first after going 36-7 with a 1.14 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP, 243 strikeouts and 38 walks over 346 innings in 1913.

Who is better than Derek Jeter? ›

The only players in the last 50 years to get more hits than Jeter's 3,465 were Pete Rose and Hank Aaron.

Has anyone won MVP and World Series MVP in the same year? ›

Orel Hershiser won the NL Cy Young Award, the NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP in the 1988 season. Dave Stewart won the 1989 World Series MVP with the Oakland Athletics.

Who is the oldest MLB player ever? ›

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization in North America. The oldest person ever to play MLB was Satchel Paige, who, at the age of 59, made one token major league appearance twelve years after his Major League career had ended.

Who is the 2 time MVP not in the Hall of Fame? ›

Unlike his Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle (right), two-time MVP Roger Maris (left) has not yet made it into the Hall of Fame. The 1970s was kind of a Hall of Fame disaster for MVP candidates.

Who is the oldest pitcher in MLB history? ›

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