The National League MVP was handed out today. Joey Votto won it nearly unanimously, but the Phillies were well represented.
Roy Halladay finished 6th. Jayson Werth took eighth, Ryan Howard received a second-place vote for some reason and finished 10th overall. Best of all, however, is that underdog justice was served as Carlos Ruiz earned a spot on the short list, taking 17th overall, tied with Dan Uggla and Adam Wainwright. What a tremendous tribute to Chooch, who posted a career-best .302/.400/.447 slash line, stared in numerous clutch moments and handled a pair of historic games by Halladay, not to mention a terrific campaign overall by the entire Phillies' pitching staff. How much does his inclusion stand out? Put it this way: on a list that is almost always dominated by big power, his eight homers are seven less than the next lowest position player, Martin Prado. Hopefully, it's a prelude to another overdue honor: the privilege of catching an All-Star Game. As for the rest of the voting, it's fair and just, all except Howard, whose season was unremarkable. Good, but unworthy of 10th, and definitely no MVP runner-up the way some lunatic thought. [Link]