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    17

    Cards Pujols Named National League MVP

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    Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals was named the 2008 National League Most Valuable Player. Pujols received 18 of the 32 1st-place votes, while Ryan Howard of the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies garnered 12 1st-place votes. Pujols topped Howard 369 points to 308 points. Milwaukee Brewers Left Fielder Ryan Braun finished well-behind in 3rd place with 139 points. Interestingly enough, Manny Ramirez, acquired in a mid-season trade by the Los Angeles Dodgers, finished 4th in NL MVP voting, while CC Sabathia, acquired in a mid-season trade by the Milwaukee Brewers, finished 6th in NL MVP voting.

    It was the 2nd NL MVP Award for Albert Pujols, who also won in 2005. In 2008, Albert Pujols hit .357, with 37 home runs and 116 RBI’s. Pujols was walked 104 times during the course of the season and he led the NL in intentional walks issued. Pujols led the NL in slugging percentage and was 2nd in the NL with a .462 on-base percentage. Pujols also struck out only 54 times in 524 at-bats. Pujols was the only player on all 32 ballots of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He battled a sore right elbow for most of the season and had surgery in mid-October to address the nerve irritation in the elbow that caused numbness and pain in his forearm. Pujols received a $200,000 bonus for winning the award.

    Ryan Howard got off to a slow start on the year, but rebounded in a huge way as the season progressed. Howard led all of MLB with 48 home runs and 146 RBI’s. He had a .543 slugging percentage and a .339 on-base percentage, but for the 2nd straight year, he struck out 199 times.

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