As expected, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto won his first ever NL Most Valuable Player award for leading his team to their first NL Central Division crown since 1995. Votto was a near unanimous selection, garnering 31 of 32 first place votes on his way to a landslide victory. St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols received the other first place vote.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez placed third in the voting, a perfect capstone to his breakout season. He has already earned the Luis Aparacio award, Silver Slugger award, and his first career Gold Glove this offseason.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki placed fifth in the ballot. His record setting September helped him overcome missing six weeks in the middle of the season with a broken wrist. Tulowitzki has also earned his first career Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards.
Rockies ace starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez received one fourth place vote. The NL All-Star starting pitcher also placed third in the Cy Young voting this offseason.
Congratulations to Joey Votto on his accomplishment!