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Pujols beats out Jones for NL MVP

By GUY CURTRIGHT

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 11/15/05

 

Andruw Jones led the majors with 51 homers, won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove and led the Braves to a record 14th consecutive division title. That wasn't enough to win the National League Most Valuable Player award, however.

 

St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols, who had finished second to San Francisco's Barry Bonds the last four seasons, beat out the Braves center fielder.

 

Voting was announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

 

It was a three-player race between Jones, Pujols and Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee.

 

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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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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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Derrek Lee got severely screwed. He won the GG and SS. But he loses the MVP to a guy that plays the same position as him? WTF? Albert only got this one because Barry has snagged so many in the past. The fact that Andruw finished 2nd is just ridiculous.

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Yes Albert only got this because of always finishing as runner up to Barroids.. Uh huh.. Pujols was very valuable to the Cardinals. People just assume because they are the Cardinals they'd be awesome without Pujols.

 

No one has said that.

 

The Cardinals were better then the Braves and Cubs, that was the tie breaker.

 

The numbers go to Lee. The value to his team goes to Jones.

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Yes Albert only got this because of always finishing as runner up to Barroids.. Uh huh.. Pujols was very valuable to the Cardinals. People just assume because they are the Cardinals they'd be awesome without Pujols.

 

No one has said that.

 

The Cardinals were better then the Braves and Cubs, that was the tie breaker.

 

The numbers go to Lee. The value to his team goes to Jones.

Without Lee, the Cubs struggle to win 70 games. It's stupid that being on a winning team makes you more valuable.

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great. just another case of someone winning b/c they were on a better team. these voters are f***ing morons.

 

the fact is the Cubs and Braves both suck respectivley if both Lee and Jones were on other teams. the cards still have a pretty formidable lineup and pitching to lead them to the playoffs.

 

nice timing on the new AP MVP sig! your on point ;)

 

nice to see both Miggy and Carlos getting some consideration.

 

congrats to cards fans.

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Yes Albert only got this because of always finishing as runner up to Barroids.. Uh huh.. Pujols was very valuable to the Cardinals. People just assume because they are the Cardinals they'd be awesome without Pujols.

 

No one has said that.

 

The Cardinals were better then the Braves and Cubs, that was the tie breaker.

 

The numbers go to Lee. The value to his team goes to Jones.

Without Lee, the Cubs struggle to win 70 games. It's stupid that being on a winning team makes you more valuable.

In the minds of the voter, yes it does. That is why A-Rod doesnt have more then two right now.

 

Dont come at me like it is my opinion, im just stating voter rationale, if you think that team success plays no part in the voters mind, you are sadly mistaken.

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Yes Albert only got this because of always finishing as runner up to Barroids.. Uh huh.. Pujols was very valuable to the Cardinals. People just assume because they are the Cardinals they'd be awesome without Pujols.

 

No one has said that.

 

The Cardinals were better then the Braves and Cubs, that was the tie breaker.

 

The numbers go to Lee. The value to his team goes to Jones.

Without Lee, the Cubs struggle to win 70 games. It's stupid that being on a winning team makes you more valuable.

 

and yet its always been that way.

 

it is what it is, not going to change it anytime soon

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Just my two cents about this:

 

If it's going to be just about the numbers, why go through the voting process?

 

Because it'd be fair and would take attention away from the media. Two things the media dislikes.

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I think Albert deserved it...the cy young, however....

 

Just for giggles...

 

.335/.415/.662 46 HR 107 RBI 9.15 RF .996 F%

 

vs.

 

.330/.430/.609 41 HR 117 RBI 11.21 RF .992 F%

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So in theory, are we penalizing someone because their GM makes better moves to supply talent to a team and prepare them for a WS?

 

I thought the goal of baseball is to make a team competitive for a title and not to surround a team with players in an attempt to make one guy win a MVP?

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