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Glad to see that the NL guys were able to overlook Howard's counting stats and give Pujols the award he deserves. Albert Pujols was the most valuable player in baseball this year, and his 9.24 WPA was the best non-Bonds season since 2002 (which is as far back as Fangraphs' numbers go). It's almost silly how much people have come to expect from the guy, and sillier still how he always manages to meet or exceed said expectations despite fighting through a series of aches and pains that would have disabled a mortal.

And he doesn't turn 27 until January. I don't know how exactly a guy like Pujols gets lost in the shuffle, but there's a decent chance that, 10 or 15 years from now, we're reflecting on the career of what might've been the greatest hitter in the history of baseball. Forget David Ortiz and Derek Jeter. Albert Pujols is the face of Major League Baseball, even if most people don't realize it.

The rest of the top ten is pretty good, although as a WPA loyalist, I wouldn't have ranked Soriano as high. Chris Carpenter should be better than 22nd, and I'm surprised that Ryan Zimmerman didn't even get a single 10th place vote, considering how many times he drove in the winning run for the Nationals. There's no evidence that "clutch hitting" is a repeatable skill, but clutch hits definitely exist, and Zimmerman had a bunch of them.