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MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:51 am
 
The major baseball awards will be announced next week, and the staff at MLB Facts and Rumors is making our choices this week. Today, David, Evan and Trent name their National League Most Valuable Player selections. As with the BBWAA awards, a first-place vote is worth 14 points, second place nine, third place eight and so forth, with 10th place getting one point.

Albert Pujols has won three MVPs, including the last two. Pujols led the league in home runs (42) and RBI (118) and picked up both he Silver Slugger and Gold Glove at first base, but he certainly has a challenger at the same position in his very own division in Cincinnati's Joey Votto, who led the league in on-base percentage (.424) and slugging (.600) (and therefore, OPS as well). He also led his team to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

There's also Carlos Gonzalez, who like Pujols and Votto, flirted with the Triple Crown, and ended up winning the batting title with a .336 average.

So, how did the Facts & Rumors team see the NL MVP race? Well, here you go.

NATIONAL LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Joey Votto David Andriesen
1. Joey Votto, Reds
2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
4. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
5. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
6. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
7. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
8. Aubrey Huff, Giants
9. Ryan Braun, Brewers
10. Dan Uggla, Marlins

How crazy is it that Albert Pujols can lead the league in home runs and RBI, put up an OPS of 1.011, and be seen as having an “off” year? That’s how high the bar is for that guy. I’ll have no problem with it if he wins his third consecutive MVP, I just think Votto was a hair better. The guy led the league in on-base percentage AND slugging percentage. And you can’t say his number are a product of the hitter-friendly ballpark in Cincinnati, because he hit 52 points better on the road than at home.

Evan Brunell
1. Joey Votto, Reds
2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
4. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
5. Brian McCann, Braves
6. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
7. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
8. Dan Uggla, Marlins
9. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
10. Andres Torres, Giants

Votto was transcendent, cracking the .400 OBP and .600 slugging percentage barrier and somehow outperforming Albert Pujols in virtually every category. The aborted chase for the Triple Crown was also fun while it lasted.

C. Trent Rosecrans
I voted for the NL MVP and the BBWAA asks voters not to release their ballots before the voting is announced, so I won't reveal my ballot yet. I will, however, post it and some of my thinking on Nov. 22 after the award is announced.

MLB Facts and Rumors National League Most Valuable Player
And Joey Votto wins his first MVP, while Pujols is second, followed by another first baseman, San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez. In this poll (of two), Carlos Gonzalez finishes fifth, after teammate Troy Tulowitzki. The real results come out Nov. 22, but expect Votto to top Pujols again.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Comments

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:06 pm
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

They can't give it to Pujols every year, just like they didn't give it to Jordan every year.




Well, truthfully, you CAN give it to Pujols every year if he is the MVP every year. But baseball isn't quite like basketball, so comparing athletes means comparing sports.

My hunch is that it will go to Votto and I would be a little disappointed as a hard-core JV fan if he doesn't.

Hell, last year, the way some whiners were talking, the MVP was Mark DeRosa.

So we've come a long way, have we not?





Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2010 11:05 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

He also deserves to have his name spelled correctly.  Halladay.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2010 9:34 am
 

Where are the pitchers on your lists???

Cy Young Award winner Roy Halliday deserves to be in the top ten for MVP.  Maybe not at the top of the list, but he belongs in the top ten more than guys like Andres Torres, Dan Uggla, Aubrey Huff and Ryan Zimmerman. 



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2010 8:55 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

1. Votto
2. Pujols
3. Gonzalez

I think if any of those three win it, you can make a reasonable argument for them, though I lean towards Joey Votto as well.



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2010 4:49 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

LOL you're an idiot.. yes Pujols is still the best in the league. best hitter, plus he wins gold gloves. i would be fine with Votto or Pujols. Votto makes sense cuz i think he really was the most valuable this yr. but dude, people talk up Pujols all the time cuz he's just that awesome.

THE BEST IN THE LEAGUE



Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2010 10:29 pm
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

el mvp lo tiene que ganar Carlos Gonzalez




Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2010 9:27 pm
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

1. Votto
2. Pujols
3. Gonzalez

Votto is the only one of the three that took his team to the playoffs. They can't give it to Pujols every year, just like they didn't give it to Jordan every year.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2010 8:20 pm
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

Am aware but just showing his accomplishments, Votto and Pujols both trailed off and disappeared so should not be considered IMO. it is popularity contest anyway so they jut pick peoples favorites.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2010 8:20 pm
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

Am aware but just showing his accomplishments, Votto and Pujols both trailed off and disappeared so should not be considered IMO. it is popularity contest anyway so they jut pick peoples favorites.



Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2010 1:38 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

I'd be satisfied with either Votto,Pujols, or Cargo winning the MVP.


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