Joey Votto Runs Away With 2010 N.L. MVP

In what many figured would be a three-horse race, Cincinnati's Joey Votto instead picked up 31 of a possible 32 first-place votes in securing the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player Award.

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2010 N.L. MVP Winner Is Joey Votto By A Landslide

A lot of people figured that the 2010 N.L. MVP Award would end up being something of a tight race between Cincinnati's Joey Votto, St. Louis' Albert Pujols, and Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez. Instead, it ended up being a blowout, as Votto picked up 31 of a possible 32 first-place votes for a landslide victory.

The BBWAA website has the full voting results, which are also copied below for your convenience. The other first-place vote went to Pujols, who also picked up 21 of a possible 32 second-place votes. Gonzalez, meanwhile, collected seven second-place votes and 13 third-place votes, rounding out the top three.

For Votto, it's a great honor following a breakthrough season that saw him initially get snubbed from the N.L. All-Star team. He finished the year with a .324 average, a 1.024 OPS, 37 home runs, and 113 RBI, and he was the biggest individual reason why the Reds went 91-71 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1995. Though the Reds were subsequently swept out of the postseason, playoff performance isn't taken into consideration for MLB's awards.

Votto - the 27-year-old Canadian-born first baseman - is the first Reds player to win the N.L. MVP since Barry Larkin in 1995. It's the 12th time a Reds player has won overall.

The full results:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Joey Votto, Cincinnati 31 1 443
Albert Pujols, St. Louis 1 21 8 1 1 279
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado 7 13 5 4 2 1 240
Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego 1 3 15 8 2 1 197
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado 2 1 7 8 4 3 2 132
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia 1 3 4 3 5 2 5 3 130
Aubrey Huff, San Francisco 3 2 2 3 1 4 4 70
Jayson Werth, Philadelphia 3 3 1 3 2 2 52
Martin Prado, Atlanta 1 1 4 4 5 2 51
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia 1 1 1 2 2 1 50
Buster Posey, San Francisco 1 1 1 1 2 4 1 40
Matt Holliday, St. Louis 1 4 1 4 32
Brian Wilson, San Francisco 1 2 2 1 2 28
Scott Rolen, Cincinnati 1 1 3 3 2 26
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee 1 2 1 1 1 19
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington 2 1 2 3 18
Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia 1 1 1 12
Dan Uggla, Florida 1 1 1 2 12
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis 1 2 1 12
Jason Heyward, Atlanta 2 1 1 11
Brian McCann, Atlanta 1 1 1 9
Adam Dunn, Washington 1 1 3 9
Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado 1 7
David Wright, New York 1 3
Corey Hart, Milwaukee 1 2
Josh Johnson, Florida 1 2
Heath Bell, San Diego 2 2
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