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LWW
11-23-2010, 05:32 AM
I predicted ... in March ... Joey Votto as NL MVP in March and picked the Cincinnapolisbustonville Reds as a playoff team.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">CINCINNATI -- As the realization took hold, Reds first baseman Joey Votto wasn't afraid to let the tears flow and the delight of the moment wash over him.

On Monday, Votto learned that he was named the National League's Most Valuable Player for 2010.

"Not to be dramatic or anything -- after I was told, I couldn't help but cry because I know how much something like this meant to me and would have meant to my father," said Votto, who lost his father following his sudden death in August 2008.

In balloting that took place at the end of the regular season by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Votto received 31 out of a possible 32 first-place votes and 443 points to earn his first MVP. It prevented Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols from winning his third consecutive MVP and fourth overall. ...

Still, Votto finished among the top three in 11 offensive statistical categories and was first in important stats like slugging percentage (.600), on-base percentage (.424) and, of course, on-base plus slugging percentage (1.024). He was second in the NL with a .324 average and was third in both home runs, with 37, and RBIs, with 113 -- all career highs. He was tied for fourth with 106 runs scored, was sixth with 177 hits and fifth with 91 walks. His .349 average on the road led the NL, and he was second, just ahead of Gonzalez and Pujols, with a .369 average with runners in scoring position.

And perhaps most important, Votto helped get the Reds to the NL Central title and their first playoff berth since the Larkin-led club won the division in 1995.

"It had been a long time since we went to the playoffs. I think that's the reason why I won," Votto said. "That being said, it's pretty freaking awesome to have beaten Albert Pujols for the MVP." ...</div></div>

OH DEAR! (http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101122&content_id=16171678&vkey=news_cin&c_id=cin)

LWW