MVP! MVP! Those chants, as cliched and overused as they are, were not chanted in vain by Phillies fans this year. (The "Playoff" chants, well, that's another story.) Today Ryan Howard (20 first place votes) got the nod for NL MVP over St. Louis slugger and notorious crack-head, Albert Pujols (12 votes.) Lance Berkman was the second loser.
Howard joins Phillies greats Mike Schmidt, Chuck Klein, and Jim Konstanty as previous winners.
Their will be plenty of arguement over this choice. Many will say that Pujols should have won it because his team made the playoffs or that no one else on his team had a good year (ie: he carried them.) But you can't argue about .313-58-149. And it's hard to ignore how he brought the Phillies back from a mid-summer's death to a fall playoff run. Sure, Pujols is good, but Howard had a little something extra this year. That little something that pushed him over the edge, just when the Phils needed it. Where Pujols' power stopped at ten, Howard's went to eleven.