So close and yet so far...
Andruw Jones finished in an unfamiliar spot on Tuesday coming in second place to MVP winner Albert Pujols. Pujols collected 378 points to Jones' 351 in this year's voting. Pujols received 18 first place votes and 14 second place votes. Jones collected 13 first place votes, 17 second place votes, and 2 third place votes.
No matter how much we all love Andruw, it's hard to argue against Pujols. The man is a monster, leading the league in runs scored with 129, finishing second in batting average (.330), RBIs (117), slugging (.609), on-base percentage (.430) and total bases (360). Pujols also ranked among the leaders in hits (195, fourth), home runs (41, third), walks (sixth) and extra-base hits (third).
It's obvious that Jones is the superior fielder. And one can argue that Andruw meant more to his team than any other player in the majors this season. But emotions aside, Pujols deserves the hardware. If this were any other year, Jones most likely would be the hands down winner.
I know most of us Braves fans are disappointed, but there's no shame in finishing second...especially to Albert Pujols.