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Pujols Wins NL MVP; Howard Finishes 2nd

Albert Pujols was named National League Most Valuable Player. He received 18 of the 32 first-place votes.

Ryan Howard finished second in the voting.

Though Pujols’ Cardinals missed the playoffs and finished in fourth place in the NL Central, he recorded a .357 average with 37 home runs and 116 RBI. Howard, who defeated Pujols for the award in 2006, had a .255 average with 48 HR and 146 RBI.

Ryan Braun of the Brewers finished in third place with Manny Ramirez of the Dodgers getting fourth place. Brad Lidge finished in eighth, while Chase Utley placed 15th. Really, 15th?

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