Gomez runs ninth in NL MVP race

Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez finished ninth in National League MVP balloting on Thursday, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that a Brewer ranked in the top 10.

The winner was Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, the only player in the NL who finished with a better WAR (wins above average) than Gomez, according to FanGraphs.com’s measure. McCutchen garnered 28 of the 30 available first place votes for some distance from runner-up Paul Goldschmidt of the D-backs and Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals.

Thirty members of the Baseball Writers Association of America cast ballots, two from each city, ranking their top 10 players. Fourteen points were awarded for first place, nine for second place, eight for third and on down to one point for 10th. Gomez totaled 43 points, just behind Hanley Ramirez of the Dodgers and ahead of Jay Bruce of the Reds, appearing as high as fifth on one ballot (from Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and ranking among the top 10 for 15 of the 30 voters, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Todd Rosiak, who had Gomez 10th.

Both of Milwaukee’s voters — Rosiak and Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel — had McCutchen ranked first. He finished with 409 points (to Goldschmidt’s 242) and marked the 16th time a center fielder was his league’s MVP. One of them is the Brewers’ Robin Yount in 1989 — who also won in 1982 as a shortstop.

Gomez signed a three-year contract extension with the Brewers in Spring Training and rewarded the team with his best season, batting .284 with 24 home runs, 73 RBIs and 40 stolen bases. He made his first All-Star team in July and was rewarded in October with a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, the first for a Brewer since Yount’s in 1982.

John Schlegel has our story on the winners over at MLB.com, and if you’re interested in the ballot-by-ballot votes, visit BBWAA.com.

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