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The Pujols Hardware Count – 2008/2009


Last off-season, I was kept very busy noting each award that the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols collected. As the accolades collected, for awhile it seemed he was receiving one per day.

So it is again here in 2009, as the 29-year-old may have put together an even better season on the field than last.

As a refresher, by my count, Albert brought home at least ten pieces of hardware following the 2008 season, including the first one on the list, the most important of all. Pujols also won the NL MVP Award in 2005.

  • National League Most Valuable Player Award – Baseball Writers Association of America
  • Silver Slugger Award – Hillerich & Bradsby
  • Oscar Charleston Legacy Award (NL’s best player) – Negro Leagues Museum
  • Dick Schaap Memorial Player of the Year – MLB Players Alumni Association
  • National League Player of the Year Award – MLB Players Alumni Association
  • Roberto Clemente Award – MLB (pictured)
  • Players Choice Player of the Year Award – MLB Players Association
  • Players Choice NL Outstanding Player Award – MLB Players Association
  • Sporting News MLB Player of the Year
  • This Year in Baseball Hitter of the Year Award – MLB

Here is the recognition tally so far in 2009, four and counting. Three are repeats from 2008:

  • Players Choice Player of the Year Award – MLB Players Association
  • Players Choice NL Outstanding Player Award – MLB Players Association
  • Sporting News MLB Player of the Year
  • Sporting News MLB Player of the Decade

The 2009 National League Most Valuable Player Award winner will be announced on November 24.

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