Ryan Howard Finishes 3rd in MVP voting

MLB announced today that Albert Pujols won the 2009 National League Most Valuable Player Award, garnering a unanimous 32 first-place votes. Overall, he accumulated a total of 448 ballot points. Hanley Ramirez, the Marlins shortstop, received 233 points and Ryan Howard finished a close third with 217 points.

Other Phillies receiving votes include Chase Utley who finished eighth, Jayson Werth who finished 17th, and Shane Victorino rounded out the list in 18th. This is Pujols’ third MVP, which ties him with Mike Schmidt and seven others for second most all-time.

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