Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, king of the oppo, has beaten out perennial candidate Albert Pujols to win the 2010 NL MVP award, which I believe can be redeemable at Tim Hortons for six free months of Timbits. Votto snagged 31 of 32 first place votes to win this thing in a romp. Votto stole all the Reds votes, leaving teammate Scott Rolen in a distant 14th place in the voting.
Votto, 27, finished in the top three in all the Triple Crown categories with a .324 batting average (second), 37 home runs (third) and 113 runs batted in (third) and led the league in on-base percentage (.424), slugging (.600) and OPS (1.024).
True, his numbers weren't that much better than those of Mr. Pujols, but c'mon, the voters just wanted to spread the love around. Enough MVPs for Pujols, amirite?
Votto breaks a ten-year streak where the NL MVP was given exclusively to a player on the Cardinals, Giants, and Phillies. So unfair, spread the wealth! He's also the second Canuck to win the NL MVP award, joining British Columbia's own Larry Walker, who hoisted the award as he skated around his backyard rink in 1997. Justin Morneau
would be is so proud.