On Tuesday, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award for the third time in his career, and second time in as many seasons.
Unlike the idiot reporter who voted for Miguel Cabrera in the AL, Pujols got all 32 first place votes in the NL. Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was second, followed by Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder.
We’ve gone over Pujols’ 2009 numbers several times here at Fantasy Baseball Dugout, where the Cardinals top player has also been our no. 1 fantasy baseball player the last two seasons. But… here are his 5×5 numbers for those who aren’t aware: .327/47/135/124/16.
Pujols led the bigs in homers and runs, finished third in the NL in average and RBI, and his steal total matched his career high. Following his successful surgery on October 21 to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, he is expected to be ready for Spring Training with no setbacks.
The last time we questioned Pujols’ fantasy value following his elbow surgery in the 2007 offseason, he followed it up the next season by winning our 2008 MVP. He hasn’t slowed down since, and we don’t expect him to slow down in 2010.
The Machine is our no. 1 fantasy baseball first baseman heading into 2010, and our top overall player in all draft formats. Draft him with no fear next season.
For more interesting reading on Albert Pujols and his 2009 season from the fantasy baseball experts at Fantasy Baseball Dugout, read below:
- Hey Hey Hey It’s Phat Albert, Again (10.27)
- Fantasy Baseball Dugout’s 2009 All-Star Team (7.14)
- 2009 Midseason Fantasy Baseball Rankings (6.19)
- El Hombre Is Our No. 1 Fantasy Baseball Pick (3.14)
- Fantasy Baseball Face Off: Pujols Vs. A-Rod (1.15)