Shocking: Albert Pujols Wins NL MVP Award
In one of the least surprising MVP announcements of recent memory, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has unanimously won his second straight National League Most Valuable Player award by receiving all 32 first place votes. It was the third MVP of Pujols’ career, and he became only the fourth player to achieve that remarkable feat and became the first unanimous NL MVP since Barry Bonds in 2002.
Pujols led the majors in home runs (47), runs (124), slugging percentage (.658) and intentional walks (44), and topped the NL in on-base percentage (.443). He was second in the league in doubles (45) and third in batting average (.327) and RBIs (135).
He was especially dangerous with the bases loaded, going 10 for 17 with five grand slams, three doubles and 35 RBIs.
Impressive stats, to be sure, but can you imagine what Pujols will be able to accomplish now that Mark McGwire will be his hitting coach? We’re talking about crazy stats here, people.
Albert Pujols wins 2nd straight NL MVP award [SI/AP]