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Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Altuve win baseball's MVP awards

Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Altuve win baseball's MVP awards

As the baseball industry anxiously awaits a possible trade involving him, Giancarlo Stanton was selected most valuable player Thursday for the first time in his career.

The Miami right fielder and L.A. native narrowly edged Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto for the National League honor as the two split first-place votes, 10 each from the 30 Baseball Writers’ Assn. of America voters. Stanton had one more second-place vote, which supplied the difference in the fourth-closest MVP balloting ever.

Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finished third, with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon close behind. For the first time in 38 years, six players received at least...

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