Despite the early exit from the playoffs by the St. Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols picks up two post season awards. These may be a bit more special than most, as he was chosen by his peers for these honors.
Yesterday, for the eighth time in his career, Pujols was chosen as the Major League Baseball Players Association Player of the Year. On Thursday, he was chosen as the National League’s Outstanding Player. It was the third time in his career that he won this award.
Pujols led the all of baseball this year with 47 home runs, 124 runs scored, and on base percentage of .433, a slugging percentage of .658, and 374 total bases. He finished the season with a .327 batting average while driving in 135 runs.
He is also considered to be a front runner for the leagues MVP award which will be chosen later this year.
The Major League Baseball Players Trust will donate 50 thousand dollars to the charity of Pujols’ choice for winning the player of the year honor.
It was a good year for Cardinal players and the MLBPA awards as Chris Carpenter also won the National League Comeback Player award and Adam Wainwright was chosen as the National League’s Outstanding Pitcher.