This was a no-brainer. Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols was named National League MVP beating out Ryan Howard and Ryan Braun. Pujols got 18 out of 32 possible first place votes.
Missouri State Bear alum and St. Louis native Ryan Howard of the Phillies was second with 12 first place votes. Manny Ramirez finished fourth behind Braun of the Brewers.
Pujols hit .357 with 37 home runs and 116 RBI. He finished second in the batting title behind Atlanta’s Chipper Jones. Pujols’ average was two points lower than his career best.