Awards

Pujols Is NL’s Most Valuable

For the second time in four years, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is baseball’s National League MVP. Despite his team’s fourth-place finish and a strained calf that landed him on disabled list, Pujols hit 37 home runs with 116 RBI and a .357 batting average in his best-hitting season of his eight-year career. Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and his 48 home runs finished second in MVP voting, flip-flopping the results from 2006, when Howard finished first and Pujols second. The American League MVP is announced Tuesday.