Runner up

He didn’t bring the title back to Philly for the third-straight year (he brought a much better one, however), but Ryan Howard did finish second in the race for the NL MVP. His hot September is what even put him in the running, less we forget his horrifically dismal display in April, when he batted .168. Indeed, the crown is being worn by this season’s rightful king, Albert Pujols.

Howard received 12 first place votes, while Pujols brought in 18. Other Phillies who popped up in conversation were Lidge, who pulled in enough to finish eighth, and Utley, who squeaked into 15th.

Blast, no MVP. Wait, we won the World Series, right? I feel better.

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