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Albert Pujols Wins N.L. MVP

by Ryan Hudson

St. Louis Cardinals' slugger Albert Pujols won the 2008 N.L. MVP today, easily gaining more votes than the Phillies' Ryan Howard.

Pujols hit .357 with 37 home runs and 116 RBIs while playing with a sore right elbow. He was rewarded despite the Cardinals' fourth-place finish in the NL Central.

Los Angeles outfielder Manny Ramirez and Milwaukee pitcher C.C. Sabathia also drew strong support after being traded by AL teams in July.

Pujols got 18 of the 32 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America and had 369 points. The first baseman added to the MVP award he won in 2005.

Now for your Scary Fact of the Day: Pujols, whose stats compare to Joe DiMaggio, is just 28 years old.