Mauer, Pujols, Named MVPs

Joe Mauer and Albert Pujols each won the Most Valuable Player in their respective leagues.

Mauer earned American League honors with a near unanimous vote. Mauer started the year on the disabled list, but that didn't prevent him from receiving 27 of the 28 votes, totaling 387 points.

Mauer, 26, led the majors with a .365 batting average. He had a .444 on-base percentage, .587 slugging percentage, and a 1.031 OPS. He hammered a career high 28 home runs. He had 96 runs batted in.

Mauer becomes a free agent after the 2010 season, but the Twins are hoping to get a long term deal done by this Christmas.

Pujols won his third National League MVP award, and his second in a row. Pujols received a unanimous 32 first place votes totalling 448 points.

Pujols batted .327 and had a .443 on-base percentage. He led the majors with 47 home runs, a .658 slugging percentage, and a 1.101 OPS. He drove in 135 runs and stole 16 bases.

Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter finished second and third respectively in the AL. Hanley Ramirez finished second, and Ryan Howard finished third in the NL. There really was no debating that Mauer and Pujols deserved the awards.


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