11/24 D-Lee finishes 9th in NL MVP
Derrek Lee had an MVP season with the Cubs, but it wasn’t enough to bump St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols from top honors in the National League.
Lee finished ninth in the balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America with 66 total points, while Pujols was a unanimous selection for his third MVP award. Florida’s Hanley Ramirez was second, followed by Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard and Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder.
Lee, who did receive one second-place vote among the 16 cast with his name on them, did set a career high with 111 RBIs in 141 games this season and led the team with a .306 batting average. The first baseman hit 35 home runs, his highest total since belting 46 in 2005. In 2005, Lee finished third in the MVP balloting.
– Carrie Muskat