MVPujols! - Answers from Albert

The National League MVP fields questions from the press.

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols was announced as the winner of the 2005 National League Most Valuable Player Award Tuesday afternoon. Pujols, who hit .330 with 41 home runs and 117 runs batted in this past season, edged Atlanta's Andruw Jones and the Chicago Cubs' Derrek Lee in the balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

In each of his four previous seasons in the major leagues, Pujols finished among the top NL MVP vote-getters, with two seconds, one third, and one fourth-place showing. In 2004, he came in third behind Barry Bonds and Adrian Beltre, both of whom had poor 2005 campaigns. Yet, Pujols just kept on rolling.

Pujols was listed first on 18 of the 32 ballots cast by two writers in each league city and second on the remaining 14 for a total of 378 points, based on the scoring system that rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third and on down to one for 10th. Jones finished second in the voting with 351 points, based on 13 first-place votes, 17 seconds and two thirds. The other first-place vote went to Lee, who was second on one ballot and third on the other 30 for 263 points.

Pujols, Jones and Lee were the only players named on all ballots. Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter finished eighth and free agent outfielder Brian Giles finished ninth in the voting.

Prior to Pujols, St. Louis' last MVP winner was outfielder Willie McGee back in 1985. Other past Cardinal MVPs were Frankie Frisch (1931), Dizzy Dean (1934), Joe Medwick (1937), Mort Cooper (1942), Marty Marion (1944), Stan Musial (1943, 1946 and 1948), Ken Boyer (1964), Orlando Cepeda (1967), Bob Gibson (1968), Joe Torre (1971) and Keith Hernandez (co-MVP in 1979). The team's 15 in total are the most ever in the NL and second to the Yankees' 19 in MLB history.

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