PHILS GET 2ND CONSECUTIVE NL MVP IN ROLLINS
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, the offensive and defensive catalyst for a club that reached post-season play for the first time in 14 years, was elected the National League Most Valuable Player in a tight race against Colorado Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday in balloting by the BBWAA.
Of the 32 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city, Rollins was listed first on 16, second on seven, third on four, fourth on four and fifth on one for a total of 353 points, based on the tabulation system that rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third and on down to one for 10th. Hollidayâs breakdown was 11 first-place votes, 18 seconds, one third, one fourth and one sixth for 336 points.
The 17-point differential between Rollins and Holliday made the 2007 election the 20th closest overall and ninth in the NL since the current format was adopted by the BBWAA in 1938, seven years after taking over the awards. Prior to then, one writer from each league city voted. The only MVP tie was in the NL in 1979 when first basemen Keith Hernandez of the St. Louis Cardinals and Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates each received 216 points.
Other tighter NL elections: 1944 (Cardinals shortstop Marty Marion over Chicago Cubs outfielder Bill Nicholson, 190-189), 1955 (Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella over Dodgers center fielder Duke Snider, 226-221), 1962 (Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills over San Francisco Giants center fielder Willie Mays, 209-202), 1957 (Milwaukee Braves right fielder Henry Aaron over Cardinals first baseman Stan Musial, 239-230), 1966 (Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente over Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, 218-208), 1952 (Cubs left fielder Hank Sauer over Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts, 226-211) and 1991 (Atlanta Braves third baseman Terry Pendleton over Pirates left fielder Barry Bonds, 274-259).
Rollins, 28, who batted .296 and scored 139 runs, was the first player in history with 200 hits (212) and 20 doubles (38), triples (20), home runs (30) and stolen bases (41) in one season. He set a league record for shortstops with 380 total bases, breaking by one the previous mark of the Cubsâ Ernie Banks in 1958.
Holliday led the league in batting (.340), RBI (137), hits (216), total bases (386), doubles (50) and extra-base hits (92), including 36 home runs, for the wild-card Rockies, who eventually reached their first World Series. Voting is conducted prior to the start of post-season play.The other four first-place votes went to Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder (.288, 50 HR, 119 RBI, 109 R), who finished third with 284 points. Rollins, Holliday and Fielder were the only players on every ballot.
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (.268, 47 HR, 136 RBI), the 2006 winner, placed fifth this time behind New York Mets third baseman David Wright (.325, 30 HR, 107 RBI, 113 R). Rounding out the top 10 were Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (.337, 29 HR, 102 RBI, 108 R), San Diego Padres pitcher Jake Peavy (19-6, 2.54 ERA, 240 K in 223⅓ IP), Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (.332, 22 HR, 103 RBI, 104 R), Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (.327, 32 HR, 103 RBI) and Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez (.332, 29 HR, 81 RBI, 212 H, 125 R). In all, 26 players received votes.
Rollins and Howard are the 11th set of teammates to win the NL award in consecutive seasons and the first since the Giantsâ Jeff Kent (2000) and Bonds (2001). Cincinnati had three teammates win successively in 1938 (Ernie Lombardi), 1939 (Bucky Walters) and 1940 (Frank McCormick), as did the Cardinals in 1942 (Mort Cooper), 1943 (Stan Musial) and 1944 (Marty Marion). Other back-to-back, MVP-winning teammates were the Dodgersâ Campanella (1955) and Don Newcombe (1956), Wills (1962) and Koufax (1953), the Cardinalsâ Orlando Cepeda (1967) and Bob Gibson (1968), the Redsâ Joe Morgan (1976) and George Foster (1977) and the Piratesâ Dave Parker (1978) and Stargell (1979).
It marked the seventh time a Phillies player won the award with Rollins joining Howard, three-time winner Mike Schmidt (1980-81, â86), Chuck Klein (1932) and Jim Konstanty (1950). It was the seventh MVP for an NL shortstop, a list that includes Banks, a two-time winner (1958-59), Marion, Wills, Dick Groat (1960) and Barry Larkin (1995). Shortstops have won in the American League eight times.
|Jimmy Rollins||Philadelphia Phillies||16||7||4||4||1||—||—||—||—||—||353|
|Matt Holliday||Colorado Rockies||11||18||1||1||—||1||—||—||—||—||336|
|Prince Fielder||Milwaukee Brewers||5||6||17||3||—||—||—||1||—||—||284|
|David Wright||New York Mets||—||1||4||12||7||1||1||2||—||—||182|
|Ryan Howard||Philadelphia Phillies||—||—||2||6||3||3||3||2||—||3||112|
|Chipper Jones||Atlanta Braves||—||—||1||3||3||7||5||1||1||—||107|
|Jake Peavy||San Diego Padres||—||—||—||2||5||5||4||1||4||1||97|
|Chase Utley||Philadelphia Phillies||—||—||1||—||5||2||6||4||1||3||89|
|Albert Pujols||St. Louis Cardinals||—||—||—||—||1||2||2||3||6||5||50|
|Hanley Ramirez||Florida Marlins||—||—||—||—||3||2||—||4||4||1||49|
|Eric Byrnes||Arizona Diamondbacks||—||—||—||—||—||1||3||4||7||—||43|
|Alfonso Soriano||Chicago Cubs||—||—||1||—||1||2||2||1||1||2||39|
|Aramis Ramirez||Chicago Cubs||—||—||—||—||2||2||1||2||2||—||36|
|Jose Valverde||Arizona Diamondbacks||—||—||—||—||1||2||—||—||1||1||19|
|Miguel Cabrera||Florida Marlins||—||—||—||1||—||—||2||—||—||3||18|
|Jose Reyes||New York Mets||—||—||—||—||—||1||2||—||1||1||16|
|Brandon Webb||Arizona Diamondbacks||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||1||2||4||15|
|Troy Tulowitzki||Colorado Rockies||—||—||1||—||—||—||—||1||—||2||13|
|Carlos Lee||Houston Astros||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||1||2||7|
|Adrian Gonzalez||San Diego Padres||—||—||—||—||—||1||—||—||—||1||6|
|Carlos Beltran||New York Mets||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||2||—||—||6|
|Brandon Phillips||Cincinnati Reds||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||—||—||3|
|Aaron Rowand||Philadelphia Phillies||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||—||—||3|
|Brad Hawpe||Colorado Rockies||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||—||2|
|Ryan Braun||Milwaukee Brewers||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||2||2|
|Carlos Marmol||Chicago Cubs||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||1|
Previous winners (*—Unanimous):
2006 RYAN HOWARD, Philadelphia Phillies; 2005 ALBERT PUJOLS, St. Louis Cardinals; 2004 BARRY BONDS, San Francisco Giants; 2003 BARRY BONDS, San Francisco Giants; 2002 *BARRY BONDS, San Francisco Giants; 2001 BARRY BONDS, San Francisco Giants; 2000 JEFF KENT, San Francisco Giants; 1999 CHIPPER JONES, Atlanta Braves; 1998 SAMMY SOSA, Chicago Cubs; 1997 LARRY WALKER, Colorado Rockies; 1996 *KEN CAMINITI, San Diego Padres; 1995 BARRY LARKIN, Cincinanti Reds; 1994 *JEFF BAGWELL, Houston Astros; 1993 BARRY BONDS, San Francisco Giants; 1992 BARRY BONDS, Pittsburgh Pirates; 1991 TERRY PENDLETON, Atlanta Braves; 1990 BARRY BONDS, Pittsburgh Pirates; 1989 KEVIN MITCHELL, San Francisco Giants; 1988 KIRK GIBSON, Los Angeles Dodgers; 1987 ANDRE DAWSON, Chicago Cubs; 1986 MIKE SCHMIDT, Philadelphia Phillies; 1985 WILLIE McGEE, St. Louis Cardinals; 1984 RYNE SANDBERG, Chicago Cubs; 1983 DALE MURPHY, Atlanta Braves; 1982 DALE MURPHY, Atlanta Braves; 1981 MIKE SCHMIDT, Philadelphia Phillies; 1980 *MIKE SCHMIDT, Philadelphia Phillies; 1979 (Tie) KEITH HERNANDEZ, St. Louis Cardinals, and WILLIE STARGELL, Pittsburgh Pirates; 1978 DAVE PARKER, Pittsburgh Pirates; 1977 GEORGE FOSTER, Cincinnati Reds; 1976 JOE MORGAN, Cincinnati Reds; 1975 JOE MORGAN, Cincinnati Reds; 1974 STEVE GARVEY, Los Angeles Dodgers; 1973 PETE ROSE, Cincinnati Reds; 1972 JOHNNY BENCH, Cincinnati Reds; 1971 JOE TORRE, St. Louis Cardinals; 1970 JOHNNY BENCH, Cincinnati Reds; 1969 WILLIE McCOVEY, San Francisco Giants; 1968 BOB GIBSON, St. Louis Cardinals; 1967 *ORLANDO CEPEDA, St. Louis Cardinals; 1966 ROBERTO CLEMENTE, Pittsburgh Pirates; 1965 WILLIE MAYS, San Francisco Giants; 1964 KEN BOYER, St. Louis Cardinals; 1963 SANDY KOUFAX, Los Angeles Dodgers; 1962 MAURY WILLS, Los Angeles Dodgers; 1961 FRANK ROBINSON, Cincinnati Reds; 1960 DICK GROAT, Pittsburgh Pirates; 1959 ERNIE BANKS, Chicago Cubs; 1958 ERNIE BANKS, Chicago Cubs; 1957 HENRY AARON, Milwaukee Braves; 1956 DON NEWCOMBE, Brooklyn Dodgers; 1955 ROY CAMPANELLA, Brooklyn Dodgers; 1954 WILLIE MAYS, New York Giants; 1953 ROY CAMPANELLA, Brooklyn Dodgers; 1952 HANK SAUER, Chicago Cubs; 1951 ROY CAMPANELLA, Brooklyn Dodgers; 1950 JIM KONSTANTY, Philadelphia Phillies; 1949 JACKIE ROBINSON, Brooklyn Dodgers; 1948 STAN MUSIAL, St. Louis Cardinals; 1947 BOB ELLIOT, Boston Braves; 1946 STAN MUSIAL, St. Louis Cardinals; 1945 PHIL CAVARRETTA, Chicago Cubs; 1944 MARTY MARION, St. Louis Cardinals; 1943 STAN MUSIAL, St. Louis Cardinals; 1942 MORT COOPER, St. Louis Cardinals; 1941 DOLPH CAMILLI, Brooklyn Dodgers; 1940 FRANK McCORMICK, Cincinnati Reds; 1939 BUCKY WALTERS, Cincinnati Reds; 1938 ERNIE LOMBARDI, Cincinnati Reds; 1937 JOE MEDWICK, St. Louis Cardinals; 1936 CARL HUBBELL, New York Giants; 1935 GABBY HARTNETT, Chicago Cubs; 1934 DIZZY DEAN, St. Louis Cardinals; 1933 CARL HUBBELL, New York Giants; 1932 CHUCK KLEIN, Philadelphia Phillies; 1931 FRANKIE FRISCH, St. Louis Cardinals