Wednesday, November 16, 2005

PUJOLS BECAME THE RECIPIENT OF NL MVP


Albert Pujols has finally reached the pinnacle of his career after winning the National League's Most Valuable Player Award. Albert Pujols started his career with four startling seasons, which was at par or say better than those of many Hall of Famers. Pujols with his phenomenal rookie season helped the Cardinals earn a Wild Card berth in the playoffs. For the season, Pujols batted .329 with 37 home runs and 130 runs batted in and was unanimously named the National League Rookie of the Year. With numerous other credentials and a slew of close-but-not-quite MVP candidacies, finally he has been acknowledged as the man in the Senior Circuit. Pujols won his first National League MVP award edging Braves Andruw Jones in a close vote that didn't include Bonds, who missed most of the season because of a knee injury. Pujols this season was an offensive threat earning a commendable ranking among the NL leaders in virtually every hitting category. He batting was complemented with solid and improving defense and success on the base paths and at times came up with big hits. He emerged out as one of the constant threat in Cardinals lineup, which was ravaged by injuries this season. He was the best player on the best team in the league. Pujols now has one individual award that dodged him for his first four big league seasons. In each of his first four seasons he finished fourth or better. Jones led the major leagues in home runs, batted .263 and also won his eighth straight Gold Glove. He played in 161 of 162 regular-season games even though being nagged nearly the entire season by plantar fasciitis.

Pujols All-Time MLB Career Ranks

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

OPS+

.332

.416

.621

1.037

169

30th

23rd

4th

7th

9th

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