Cardinals star first baseman Albert Pujols won the 2009 National League Most Valuable Player Award. He received all 32 first-place votes, becoming the first unanimous winner since Barry Bonds in 2002. It is the third career MVP trophy for Pujols, who also won the award in both 2005 and 2008.
Pujols hit .327 with an N.L.-leading 47 homers. He drove in 135, and led the league in OBP (.443) and slugging (.658).
Pujols finished ahead of former Sox farmhand Hanley Ramirez. The Marlins shortstop -- whom the Sox dealt as part of the exchange that netted Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell after the 2005 season -- finished second on the strenght of an N.L.-leading .342 average; Ramirez also had a .410 OBP, .543 slugging, 24 homers, 106 RBIs and 27 steals.
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Albert Pujols was the unanimous winner of the National League Most Valuable Player award, it was announced Tuesday afternoon by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It is the third MVP award for the St. Louis Cardinals star, who also won in 2005. Pujols, who took all 32 first-place votes and 448 points, becomes the first player to repeat since Barry Bonds won four in a row from 2001-04. Florida's Hanley Ramirez was second with 233 points, followed by Philadelphia's Ryan Howard (217) and Milwaukee's Prince Fielder (203).
The Red Sox have released their 33-game spring training schedule, which include 17 games at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla. Tickets for the games at City of Palms Park will go on sale Dec. 5, starting at 10 a.m., and can be purchased either at the park's box office, going to www.redsox.com, or calling 888-REDSOX6. Prices for the tickets will remain unchanged from last season. The Red Sox will open their spring schedule with two college exhibition games on Wednesday, March, 3, facing Northeastern at 1:05 p.m., followed by Boston College, at 6:05 p.m. The team will then kick off their 2010 Grapefruit League season on Thursday, March 4 when they host Minnesota at City of Palms Park, starting at 7:05 p.m. It will be the first of seven spring training meetings between the teams. The Red Sox will face the Orioles five times, including three games at Baltimore's new spring training home in...
Bruins forward Milan Lucic joined the Dale & Holley show Tuesday afternoon to discuss the B's recent win streak, his return from injury and his contract extension. When asked about playing with center Marc Savard, who returned to action last night after missing 15 games with a broken foot, Lucic said, "He has eyes all around his head." Lucic went on to talk about his new contract and said, "It was an easy decision for me." Lucuc added that he is happy with the Bruins' recent play, but, "The challenge is if we can keep it going." If you missed the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Former Boston College assistant football coach Dana Bible, who followed head coach Tom O’Brien to North Carolina State in 2007, has been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and won’t coach in Saturday’s season finale against No. 23 North Carolina, according to the school. Bible, 56, coached with the Eagles from 1999-2006, serving as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and wide receivers coach. He hold the same titles with NC State. Read the full story here. Get more BC updates on The BC blog.
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