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:
|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|