- Not a great deal of difference between my ballot and the actual voting results, which were released earlier today. Like everyone else, I had Pujols on top. And runner-up Hanley Ramirez had the biggest chunk of second-place votes. It reminded me of the conversation I had with Ramirez in the middle of the summer when he told me Pujols was to thank for his marked improvement as a hitter with runners in scoring position. Ramirez said Pujols had given him a "secret" tip during spring training that paid off at the plate. Well, judging by the results, Pujols didn't reveal all his secrets to Ramirez. He is the most feared hitter in the post-Bonds era and deserving of his third MVP award.
Baseball Writers’ Association of America
Jack O’Connell, Secretary-Treasurer / E-mail: ---------------------
2009 NATIONAL LEAGUE
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD BALLOT
E-mail your selections to --------------- prior to the start of postseason play.
1. _Albert Pujols, Cardinals___________________________
2. _Hanley Ramirez, Marlins___________________________
3. _Prince Fielder, Brewers_______________________________
4. _Ryan Howard, Phillies________________________________
5. _Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies______________________________
6. _Pablo Sandoval, Giants________________________________
7. _Andre Ethier, Dodgers_________________________________
8. _Ryan Braun, Brewers__________________________________
9. _Adam Wainwright, Cardinals________________________
10._Chris Coghlan, Marlins______________________________
Name: _Clark Spencer________Affiliation: _Miami Herald____
DO NOT REVEAL YOUR VOTE UNTIL AFTER THE RESULTS ARE ANNOUNCED.