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Pujols earns first MVP Award
Cardinals slugger held together injury-plagued lineup
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com



ST. LOUIS -- Choose your definition of valuable, and Albert Pujols lived up to it in 2005.

Pujols, 25, was a dominant offensive force, ranking among the National League leaders in virtually every hitting category. He complemented his bat with solid and improving defense and success on the basepaths. He came up with big hits at big times. He was the one constant threat in a Cardinals lineup ravaged by injuries. He was the best player on the best team in the league.

And so Pujols now has the one individual award that eluded him for his first four big league seasons. He was named the NL's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Pujols had finished fourth or better in the balloting in each of his first four seasons, placing second twice. Barry Bonds won each of the previous four MVPs in the NL.

Pujols edged out two other strong candidates, Atlanta's Andruw Jones and the Cubs' Derrek Lee. Jones led the Majors with 51 home runs while playing for an Atlanta team that, like the Cardinals, was hit hard by injuries. Lee won the batting title and finished ahead of Pujols in batting average, slugging percentage, home runs and doubles, but toiled for a losing club.

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Sure we have a case for Andruw but plain and simple, Pujols is nastier :clap:
 

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Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Pts
Albert Pujols STL 18 14 X X X X X X X X 378
Andruw Jones ATL 13 17 2 X X X X X X X 351
Derrek Lee CHC 1 1 30 X X X X X X X 263
Morgan Ensberg HOU X X X 10 7 7 2 1 1 X 160
Miguel Cabrera FLA X X X 13 4 1 2 3 4 1 146
Carlos Delgado FLA X X X 2 6 2 4 2 1 X 84
Pat Burrell PHI X X X X 4 6 1 X 3 1 65
Chris Carpenter STL X X X 1 3 3 1 2 1 X 52
Brian Giles SDG X X X 1 2 2 2 1 2 4 48
Jimmy Rollins PHI X X X 2 1 X 2 4 1 3 45
Dontrelle Willi FLA X X X X 2 3 2 1 2 X 42
Jason Bay PIT X X X 1 X 1 4 1 5 X 41
Chase Utley PHI X X X X X 2 2 X 1 2 22
Lance Berkman HOU X X X 1 X X 1 1 3 1 21
Bobby Abreu PHI X X X 1 1 1 2 X X X 21
Chad Cordero WAS X X X X X 1 2 X 2 4 21
Trevor Hoffman SDG X X X 1 X X 2 1 X 1 19
Carlos Lee MIL X X X X X 1 1 2 1 2 19
Jeff Kent LAD X X X X 1 1 X 2 X 1 18
David Wright NYM X X X X 1 X 1 2 X 2 18
David Eckstein STL X X X X X 1 2 X X 2 15
Roger Clemens HOU X X X X X X X 2 1 X 8
Roy Oswalt HOU X X X X X X X 1 1 1 6
Ken Griffey Jr. CIN X X X X X X X 1 1 X 5
Andy Pettitte HOU X X X X X X X X 2 1 5
Jim Edmonds STL X X X X X X X 1 X X 3
Cliff Floyd NYM X X X X X X X 1 X X 3
Marcus Giles ATL X X X X X X X 1 X X 3
Adam Dunn CIN X X X X X X X X X 3 3
Scott Eyre SFG X X X X X X X X X 1 1
Brad Lidge HOU X X X X X X X X X 1 1
Jose Reyes NYM X X X X X X X X X 1 1
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Great for him. He deserved it.
 

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'bout time. :baseball::clap:
 

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Pujols was definitely due. He finally got his and boy was he deserving of it. This is just the first of many for this man. Congrats to Pujols.
 

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i mean i guess if all your looking for is an insanely good offensive player who can hit homeruns, draw walks, steal bases, drive in runs, get on base, lead your team to the best record in the league while playing good defense on 1st base, pujols would be your guy. but if you just ignore those things, come on, he did nothing.

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Congrats Albert! Well deserved!
 

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good he got his mvp but really hes had some bad luck, hes had bonds do great and then this year could of been jones winning, seems theres 1 person who has a career year when pujols is about to win it, but glad he got one of many 2 come
 

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lee certainly had a strong case as well. certainly more than a good story. he actually performed at at least a comparable level, arguably better.

pujols is simply a devastating offensive player. whether he's #1 in a given season or not. he hasn't had much of an argument prior to this year at the #1 spot. this year, it's debatable.
 

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Trust me, it's not even that debatable who the better player is and will be for a while between those 3..
 

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not sure what you mean. this isn't a prospective question. it's who was mvp for the 2005 season. it's based on what you did. lee did every bit as much as pujols.
 
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