MVP and Cy Young Winners, 1980-2016

I’m pasting in below the years 1980 through 2016, with columns for the NL and AL MVPs, and the NL and AL Cy Young winners. The idea is for you to fill in (mentally anyway) the names of the players who won each of the 4 awards. How many of them can you name off the top of your head? Below the blank version of the table, I’ve pasted in a list of the winners of the 4 awards for you to check against. I know, the list is not well formatted: if it’s more convenient, you can also go to baseball-reference’s awards page to look up all the winners.

My suspicion is that not many people remember who won the awards, aside from recalling the players who had memorably dominant seasons. For example, I know very little about the ’83 Cy Young winners, John Denny and LaMarr Hoyt, and suspect that many fans don’t even recognize those names.

        NL MVP AL MVP NL Cy Young AL Cy Young

2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980

        NL MVP AL MVP NL Cy Young AL Cy Young
2016 Kris Bryant  Mike Trout  Max Scherzer  Rick Porcello
2015 Bryce Harper  Josh Donaldson  Jake Arrieta  Dallas Keuchel
2014 Clayton Kershaw  Mike Trout  Clayton Kershaw  Corey Kluber
2013 Andrew McCutchen  Miguel Cabrera  Clayton Kershaw  Max Scherzer
2012 Buster Posey  Miguel Cabrera  R.A. Dickey  David Price
2011 Ryan Braun  Justin Verlander  Clayton Kershaw  Justin Verlander
2010 Joey Votto  Josh Hamilton  Roy Halladay  Felix Hernandez
2009 Albert Pujols  Joe Mauer  Tim Lincecum  Zack Greinke
2008 Albert Pujols  Dustin Pedroia  Tim Lincecum  Cliff Lee
2007 Jimmy Rollins  Alex Rodriguez  Jake Peavy  CC Sabathia
2006 Ryan Howard  Justin Morneau  Brandon Webb  Johan Santana
2005 Albert Pujols  Alex Rodriguez  Chris Carpenter  Bartolo Colon
2004 Barry Bonds  Vladimir Guerrero  Roger Clemens  Johan Santana
2003 Barry Bonds  Alex Rodriguez  Eric Gagne  Roy Halladay
2002 Barry Bonds  Miguel Tejada  Randy Johnson  Barry Zito
2001 Barry Bonds  Ichiro Suzuki  Randy Johnson  Roger Clemens
2000 Jeff Kent  Jason Giambi  Randy Johnson  Pedro Martinez
1999 Chipper Jones  Ivan Rodriguez  Randy Johnson  Pedro Martinez
1998 Sammy Sosa  Juan Gonzalez  Tom Glavine  Roger Clemens
1997 Larry Walker  Ken Griffey  Pedro Martinez  Roger Clemens
1996 Ken Caminiti  Juan Gonzalez  John Smoltz  Pat Hentgen
1995 Barry Larkin  Mo Vaughn  Greg Maddux  Randy Johnson
1994 Jeff Bagwell  Frank Thomas  Greg Maddux  David Cone
1993 Barry Bonds  Frank Thomas  Greg Maddux  Jack McDowell
1992 Barry Bonds  Dennis Eckersley  Greg Maddux  Dennis Eckersley
1991 Terry Pendleton  Cal Ripken  Tom Glavine  Roger Clemens
1990 Barry Bonds  Rickey Henderson  Doug Drabek  Bob Welch
1989 Kevin Mitchell  Robin Yount  Mark Davis  Bret Saberhagen
1988 Kirk Gibson  Jose Canseco  Orel Hershiser  Frank Viola
1987 Andre Dawson  George Bell  Steve Bedrosian  Roger Clemens
1986 Mike Schmidt  Roger Clemens  Mike Scott  Roger Clemens
1985 Willie McGee  Don Mattingly  Dwight Gooden  Bret Saberhagen
1984 Ryne Sandberg  Willie Hernandez  Rick Sutcliffe  Willie Hernandez
1983 Dale Murphy  Cal Ripken  John Denny  LaMarr Hoyt
1982 Dale Murphy  Robin Yount  Steve Carlton  Pete Vuckovich
1981 Mike Schmidt  Rollie Fingers  Fernando Valenzuela  Rollie Fingers
1980 Mike Schmidt  George Brett  Steve Carlton  Steve Stone

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  1. Denny was a journeyman pitcher, and most kids who grew up in the ’70s know him because he was one of those low-value guys who turned up in EVERY pack of Topps baseball cards. I have at least six of his 1979 card. The Phillies got him cheap in early ’83 and he had a remarkable run of luck leading them up to the World Series.

    Hoyt was the White Sox ace in the early ’80s (when, post Bill Veeck, not many folks were watching the White Sox) and his career got derailed by cocaine, if memory serves me right.


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