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Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols have swapped MVP titles:  In 2006, Howard was the MVP winner for the National League while the Phillies missed the playoffs by one game and Pujols was a World Champion.  This year, Pujols snagged the MVP and Howard went home with the World Series ring, coming in 2nd in the MVP voting.  A little ironic though that Pujols won this year, because in 2006, he stated that a player should not get the MVP award if his team did not make the playoffs.  Well, Pujols is now eating those words as his team finished FOURTH in their division and were obviously, nowhere near going to the playoffs.  And still, he won the award.  On the flip side, Howard carried the Phillies into the playoffs during the month of September where he batted .352 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs.  For the season, Howard had a Major League leading 48 home runs and 146 RBI.  But Howard came out on the losing end, likely due to his batting average.  Frankly, I do not care what his average is if he is hitting in key situations.  He was there when this team needed him the most and that, I do believe, is the definition of an MVP.  Nothing taken away from Pujols though; he is also a great player.  And apparently, the voters had a few other players in mind too.  Here is how the voting played out:

2008 NL MVP Award Voting

Player, Club

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

Points

Albert Pujols, STL

18

10

2

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

369

Ryan Howard, PHI

12

8

6

 

1

1

2

 

 

1

308

Ryan Braun, MIL

 

2

3

5

5

2

2

3

2

1

139

Manny Ramirez, LAD

 

2

4

7

2

3

2

 

1

2

138

Lance Berkman, HOU

 

2

4

4

1

3

3

4

1

1

126

CC Sabathia, MIL

 

4

5

1

2

2

3

 

1

2

121

David Wright, NYM

 

2

1

4

3

3

2

5

2

1

115

Brad Lidge, PHI

2

 

2

 

4

3

2

3

1

2

104

Carlos Delgado, NYM

 

 

5

1

2

5

 

2

3

 

96

Aramis Ramirez, CHC

 

 

 

2

4

1

1

4

3

1

66

Hanley Ramirez, FLA

 

 

 

2

2

2

1

2

2

5

55

Chipper Jones, ATL

 

1

 

 

 

2

4

1

2

2

44

Geovany Soto, CHC

 

 

 

3

1

 

3

 

1

 

41

Johan Santana, NYM

 

1

 

1

 

1

1

 

2

1

30

Chase Utley, PHI

 

 

 

1

1

1

1

 

3

2

30

Ryan Ludwick, STL

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

1

17

Brandon Webb, ARI

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

1

 

14

Adrian Gonzalez, SD

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

1

4

13

Matt Holliday, COL

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

1

 

1

13

Prince Fielder, MIL

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

1

1

11

Derrek Lee, CHC

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

10

Carlos Beltran, NYM

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

1

10

Tim Lincecum, SF

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

2

9

Jose Reyes, NYM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

3

Jose Valverde, HOU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

3

Stephen Drew, ARI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

Nate McLouth, PIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

Brad Lidge came in 8th place, and I am happy to see him get some recognition.  Chase Utley got some votes and ended up in 15th place.  Some VERY odd choices to even be on this list…Nate McLouth, for instance.  And there are FIVE Mets on the list, which is truly baffling.  This team chokes again and still has 5 potential MVP’s?  Just goes to show you how the New York area is still considered THE big market amongst media people.  So, what are your thoughts?

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