Cardinals’ first baseman/outfielder Albert Pujols spent the off-season collecting awards, but the most prestigious of all, escaped his grasp. He finished second in the balloting for the National League MVP award to Barry Bonds of the Giants. Pujols battled for the Triple Crown in 2003, but only took the batting race title with a .359 average. But his numbers weren’t exactly chicken feed. He also hit 43 homers and 124 RBI’s. Bonds numbers were comparable, hitting .341, with 45 homers and 90 RBI’s. He was also walked 148 times. Barry Bonds pulled 28 of 32 first-place votes.