Add Albert Pujols to the list of Cardinals who have been honored this week by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Pujols on Wednesday was named the MLBPA's Outstanding Player of the Year in the National League, the group's equivalent of the Most Valuable Player Award.
Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols takes off for first base after getting a hit in game three of the NLDS agains the Dodgers. AP photos.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright was named yesterday as the group's Outstanding NL pitcher while Chris Carpenter earlier in the week got the nod as Comeback Player of the Year.
While there is no direct connection between the players association awards and the Cy Young and MVP honors, the former is often a strong indication of who will win the latter. The players association awards don't seem to carry the public prestige that the MVP and Cy Young have. But many players feel like the players association awards mean more because players -- not sportswriters -- vote on them.
Twins catcher Joe Mauer, condsidered the favorite to win the AL MVP award, won the MLBPA's outstanding player of the year for the junior circuit.