Albert Pujols Narrows Appreciation Gap, Wins NL MVP Award

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One of the best pieces posted by the good folks at ESPN Page 2 this year was Jonah Keri's September reflection on the baseball-addled public's love/hate relationship with Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols. Keri insists that Pujols is so consistently sensational at the plate and in the field that fans and writers fail to properly appreciate his greatness. Well, the gap between Pujols' actual appreciation level and projected appreciation level closed a bit today as the BBWAA folk have elected Pujols your 2008 National League MVP.

Face it, the other big time sluggers played great baseball but not a single one of them could match Pujols' overall numbers. He outslugged Ryan Howard, outhit Manny Ramirez and saw half the strikeouts that Lance Berkman did. Only Chipper Jones beat him in the batting race but did it all with almost 100 fewer points of slugging percentage. Pujols didn't just outperform the rest of the N.L, he outperformed his own career best numbers: he drew over 100 walks for the first time in his career and had his career-high OPS of 1.114.

So thank you, baseball writers, for giving Albert Pujols his second MVP award and helping him avoid finishing in second place for the fourth time in his career. I'm sure he appreciates the appreciation.

Addendum: Yes, Camp Tiger Claw has now predicted his seventh straight award correctly. If Carlos Quentin wins the AL MVP tomorrow, I'm quitting the blog.


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That's great and all, but who did CTC pick as NLMVP?

That's great and all, but who did CTC pick as NLMVP?

WHAT R YOU TALKING ABOUT I READ SLUGGO COMICS EVERYDAY I KNOW THAT ALBERT DOES NOT READ THOSE. I WAS CRITICAL TO MY TEAMS SUCCESS THEY BARELY DID THE SAME WHEN I WAS INJURED. COACH SAID I'M HIS NUMBER ONE GUY WHY WOULD ANYONE DISAGREE.

Sorry, I forgot to indicate that I was doing my best Chipper Jones impersonation there. Apologies to the real Chipper impersonator.

Ryan Howard is drowning his sorrow in a vet of Subway mayonnaise.

You might think I meant "vat," but he is deep frying a veterinarian and injecting him with mayo.

'CAUSE HE'S FAT!

Well, the gap between Pujols' actual appreciation level and projected appreciation level

This is like when the hipster band gets signed to a major label and everyone goes "THEY SOLD OUT"
/drinks PBR

I cannot wait to read what the Jones boys think about all this.

Interesting to note that we've gone nine years since we last had a player (Chipper Jones) win the NL MVP award who didn't play for the Phillies, Giants or Cardinals:

Phillies: 2006 (Howard) 2007 (Rollins)
Cardinals: 2005, 2008 (Pujols)
Giants: 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 (Bonds) 2000 (Kent)

NICE TRY HONEYNUT CEREAL.

THANKS FOR THE STAT WEBMASTER ROB BUT I REMEMBER MY MVP AWARD REAL WELL. I REWARDED MYSELF WITH ABOUT A BILLION WAFFLE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES THAT YEAR.

BUT COACH SAID THAT MY NUMBERS THIS YEAR WERE MUCH BETTER AND THAT SINCE THE REST OF MY TEAM WAS NOT NEAR AS GOOD AS THE LAST TIME, THAT I HAD TO BE THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER BECAUSE WELL BECAUSE OF WHAT I JUST WROTE.

SOMETIMES I REPEAT MYSELF AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD AND YELL ARGHARGHARGHARGH AS LOUD AS I CAN.

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